Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said the club abandoned their pursuit because “for us it would have cost more than €150 million” but a report that comes out contradicts that. Barcelona president Sandro Rosell claims that Real Madrid tried to hijack the club’s signing of Neymar even as he was about to sign the contract. Neymar even took a physical with Madrid before signing with Barcelona.
“When we reached a pre-agreement with Neymar’s father, the player had already passed a medical with Real Madrid,” Rosell told TV3’s ‘Hat-trick’ programme. “We joked that we could save ourselves the money of doing the tests ourselves. When we were already signing the contract, Madrid was sending emails to Santos.”
Some are claiming there is some funny business going on in the transfer. Various stake holders are complainging that they are not receiver their fair share of the €57 million total transfer fee. The complex deal which was agreed between Barcelona, Santos and Neymar’s father, who is also his agent.
“The investment fund which is claiming money from [Neymar’s] transfer is talking with Santos and the player’s father,” Rosell said. “We are staying out of it.”
Unfortunately Madrid wasn’t able to land Neymar but they seem content with Gareth Bale.