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Neymar is regarded as one of the best players on the planet

Neymar is regarded as one of the best players on the planet

Neymar, front, spoke to Manchester United representatives this summer

Neymar, front, spoke to Manchester United representatives this summer

Neymar arrives with his father Neymar Santos, right, at the national court to testify in an investigation into alleged irregularities regarding his transfer to Barcelona. (AP)

Neymar arrives with his father Neymar Santos, right, at the national court to testify in an investigation into alleged irregularities regarding his transfer to Barcelona. (AP)

Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo will battle it out to be crowned world player of the year.

Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo will battle it out to be crowned world player of the year.

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) jokes with Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match FC Barcelona vs AS Roma at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on November 24, 2015.   AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) jokes with Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match FC Barcelona vs AS Roma at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on November 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images

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FC Barcelona and Brazils forward  Neymar laughs on stage during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images

FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar laughs on stage during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images

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FC Barcelona and Brazils forward  Neymar (C) speaks next to Northern Irish actor and host James Nesbitt (L) and British presenter and host Kate Abdo (R) during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images

FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar (C) speaks next to Northern Irish actor and host James Nesbitt (L) and British presenter and host Kate Abdo (R) during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images

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FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward  Lionel Messi (R) embraces FC Barcelona and Brazils forward  Neymar after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) embraces FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

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FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward  Lionel Messi (R) embraces FC Barcelona and Brazils forward  Neymar after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) embraces FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: FIFA Ballon d'Or nominee Neymar Jr of Brazil and FC Barcelona arrives for the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: FIFA Ballon d'Or nominee Neymar Jr of Brazil and FC Barcelona arrives for the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

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FC Barcelona and Brazils forward  Neymar poses on the red carpet as he arrives for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images

FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar poses on the red carpet as he arrives for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images

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Neymar is regarded as one of the best players on the planet

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.

Belfast Telegraph