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PSG offered Neymar private jet, hotel chain shares and to put his name on Eiffel Tower in secret Ibiza transfer meeting


PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN offered Neymar a private jet, hotel chain shares and to put his name on the Eiffel Tower in an unsuccessful attempt to sign him in 2016.

The French club’s owner Nasser Al Khelaifi was desperate to bring in the Barcelona star and reportedly launched the cash at him during a meeting in Ibiza.

Neymar stunned the football world by leaving Barcelona for PSG

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Neymar stunned the football world by leaving Barcelona for PSGCredit: Getty
This is how Paris welcomed the Brazilian superstar

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This is how Paris welcomed the Brazilian superstarCredit: EPA

But despite the stunning bonuses included in the transfer, Neymar turned down the chance to join PSG and instead signed a new contract with Barcelona.

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Wagner Ribeiro, Neymar’s former agent told L’Equipe: “In the summer of 2016 we met in Ibiza, Neymar, his father, Nasser Al Khelaifi and Olivier Letang, the sports director of the PSG.

“It was on the top floor of a hotel, nobody saw us. Neymar earned €11 million and Nasser offered us €26m.

“We asked him €40m and he told us that he would study it, that he would give him shares in a hotel chain, a private jet and that he would put his name on the Eiffel Tower. A madness.”

Ribeiro states that Financial Fair Play coupled with the fact that the player did not want to join PSG at that time scuppered the deal.

But of course just one year later the Brazilian did move to the French capital for £198m – and the Eiffel Tower was lit up in the club’s red and blue with ‘Welcome Neymar Jr’ written alongside.

According to reports, Neymar has agreed a pre-contract agreement with Paris Saint-Germain to extend his stay until 2026.

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The Brazilian forward, 29, was repeatedly linked with a sensational return to Barcelona last summer.

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A reunion with Lionel Messi was thought to be on the cards.

But Telefoot1 state a deal is in place between Neymar and his current employers to continue his career at the Parc des Princes.

He signed a five-year deal in the French capital when he made the £198million switch from the Nou Camp in 2017.

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