Real Madrid wanted to lure Neymar away from Barcelona before he signed a new deal with the Catalan club last month, the star’s father has claimed.
“Madrid were interested through intermediaries,” Neymar Senior said in an interview with Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
“I always said the same thing to everyone: if Neymar leaves Barca, you have to pay the €190 million release clause, plus the taxes on that money. And with everything else, it would end up being €430m.
“The offers didn’t reach him; they came to me. I know what Neymar wanted and that was to stay… The only doubts there could have been were on my part, as a businessman and his representative, but I didn’t have any doubts, either, because I know him and I know he’s really happy here.
“As much as I want to be a successful businessman and make money, what interests me more is my son’s happiness.”