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Real Madrid transfer news: Neymar bid report ‘absolutely untrue’

La Liga giants deny claims by Spain’s national broadcaster

Real Madrid have issued an official statement denying media reports that the club has made a bid for Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star Neymar.

According to Spain’s national broadcaster Television Espanola (TVE), Real offered €310m (£275m) for the 26-year-old forward.

But the La Liga giants insist the claims are “entirely false”. The Real statement says: “In light of information broadcast by TVE regarding an alleged Real Madrid offer to PSG and their player Neymar, Real Madrid CF wishes to state that this information is absolutely untrue. Real Madrid has made no offer of any kind to PSG or the player.  

“Real Madrid are surprised that the Spanish public television network would choose to broadcast entirely false information without anyone from the outlet having first contacted any of the parties concerned to corroborate the supposed information, which would have been quite easily discredited.”

Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona last year for a world-record transfer fee, but has repeatedly been linked with a move to Barca’s rivals Real. Manchester United and Manchester City are also reported to be interested.

Neymar has helped Brazil reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup, in Russia, scoring in Brazil’s 2-0 last-16 win against Mexico yesterday. Brazil will face Belgium on Friday. 

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