Manchester United made a staggering £145million bid for Barcelona star Neymar, the footballer's father has said.
There was fevered speculation over the summer that the Old Trafford club were interested in signing the forward - regarded as the third best player in the world behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi - from the Spanish club.
It was reported that the player's representatives met with officials from the club.
This week the Brazilian's father Neymar Senior reveled in court there was one side who made it clear they were willing to pay his son's mammoth contractual buy-out clause to pave the way for a transfer.
He told the radio station COPE that club was Manchester United.
Louis Van Gaal has come under increasing pressure given his side's stuttering Premier League campaign.
Last summer he made no secret of his desire to land a creative forward player and was willing to splash the cash.
Since taking over at Manchester United he had spent over £200m in 18 months.
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