Real Madrid have dismissed reports of a $360-million bid for Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar as ‘absolutely untrue’.
The colossal transfer claim was made by Spain’s public television station TVE on Monday evening and, of course, it was met with a shocked reaction from the world of football.
Real were quick to knock it down, saying in a statement they had not been consulted by TVE before the broadcast.
“Real Madrid have made no offer of any kind to PSG or the player,” the European champions added.
The report came hours after Neymar’s Brazil saw off Mexico 2-0 in the World Cup last 16 in Russia to set up a tantalising quarter-final clash with Belgium.
Neymar, 26, became the world’s most expensive player last year when he moved to PSG from Barcelona for 222 million euros and is seen as the Brazilian national side’s talismanic figure as they attempt to overcome their toughest test to date in the form of the Belgians on Friday.
© Agence France-Presse (additional edits by Cillian Cunningham)