Neymar’s former agent reveals deep secret between PSG and Real Madrid over Neymar move
Wagner Ribeiro, Neymar’s agent has claimed PSG rejected a €300 million (£260m/$357m) bid for Neymar in 2019.
According to Wagner Ribeiro, Paris Saint-Germain made it clear that even “a billion” would not be enough to get the Brazilian.
PSG smashed the world transfer record in the summer of 2017 to sign Neymar away from Barcelona in a €222m (£192m/$264m) deal.
Since Neymar’s move to PSG there have been reports he could come back to Spain, with Barcelona his former club also interested.
Ribeiro, a former agent of Neymar, told L’Equipe: “At that time, he was close to going to Real Madrid. Madrid were willing to pay €300m for him. Florentino [Perez] told me, but Nasser [Al-Khelaifi] refused. ‘Not for a billion, he’s not going to go!’ He told me.”
Ribeiro added: “He is happy there. No club in the world can offer you what PSG offers. Only they can afford Neymar. Madrid has financial problems. Barca? Even worse. In Italy and United or City? I don’t think so.
“In Paris he makes a good living and plays for a very good team. This season they will win the Champions League and Neymar will land the Ballon d’Or.”
Neymar has scored 83 goals in 106 appearances, helping PSG win domestic honours and reach the Champions League final.