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Real Madrid were willing to pay €160 million for former Barcelona megastar in 2013



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Neymar has been in the thick of things lately as the attacker is currently in Barcelona for a hearing. The Paris Saint-Germain attacker and his family, along with former Barça president Josep Maria Bartomeu have been accused of fraud by Brazilian investment company DIS for siphoning money from the 2013 deal.

One of the personalities present in the hearing was Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who revealed that the Whites were willing to fork out €45 million for Neymar in 2011, but the move never materialised.

However, Andre Curie, a former Barcelona scout, has refuted Perez’s claims, suggesting that Los Blancos were willing to pay a lot more to lure him away from Santos.

According to the scout (h/t FCB World), Real Madrid were ready to pay €160 million for Neymar to buy him from Santos. However, the move did not materialise as the Brazilian outfit reached an agreement with FC Barcelona. Neymar’s family played a key role in facilitating the transfer.

In fact, the negotiations between Barcelona and Neymar’s family have appeared as the focal point of the investigations sought out by DIS, who had a 40% stake in the player’s transfer rights.

Officially, Barcelona paid around €88 million for Neymar. But the actual fee is believed to be much higher due to reported negotiations that took place off the books, which has become the heart of DIS’ complaint to the court.

Josep Bartomeu and Sandro Rossell have been suspected the brains behind this operation and could face years in jail if their alleged corruption is proven.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, have not offered much insights into Neymar’s transfer saga that took place almost a decade ago. But there are no doubts that the Whites were one of the most interested parties in the quest to sign the Brazilian international at the time.

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