Santos rubbish United’s Neymar bid speculation

Santos have rubbished claims that Manchester United made a late transfer deadline day bid for superstar Neymar.

The Sun reported yesterday that Sir Alex Ferguson’s men launched a £38 million offer for the Brazil international close to the end of the window, but the player rejected the opportunity to move to Old Trafford.

However, Santos’ football director Felipe Faro has set the record straight and stated that the story is pure speculation.

“I have no idea where that came from, but it’s not true,” the South American executive told Globo Esporte, translated to English by Sky Sports.

Neymar’s father has also come out and stated to Brazilian reporters that the player was not contacted and will not be moving from his homeland for the time being.

United have bolstered their attack with the summer signings of Shinji Kagawa and Robin van Persie, and as such a move for Neymar seemed unlikely given the strength in depth up front in the Red Devils’ squad.

By Gareth McKnight