Manchester United target offered massive £500k-a-week contract in bid to keep attacker away from Old Trafford switch

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Barcelona will hand forward Neymar a contract worth an astonishing £500k a week in order to see off Manchester United interest in the Brazilian, according to The Sun via the Daily Telegraph.

23-year-old Nou Camp star Neymar enjoyed an average first campaign at Barcelona, following his big-money move to the Catalan giants from Sao Paulo-based side Santos, but kicked on in 2014/15 when he formed part of an all-conquering attacking trio alongside fellow South Americans Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Last term, Neymar scored 39 goals in all competitions and played a key role in helping boss Luis Enrique to secure a Liga BBVA, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble in his first season in charge of Barcelona.

Clearly, Enrique would be loath to lose Neymar, and as such a move to offer the forward improved terms is unsurprising but the sums bandied about by this source are simply staggering.

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The Sun, via the Daily Telegraph, report that Barcelona will hand Neymar a new six-year-deal worth £150m which would mean the attacker would earn just slightly less than team-mate Lionel Messi.

Louis van Gaal would be hard pressed to secure a deal to bring in Neymar, not least as there seems little reason why the talented goal-machine would consider leaving a Barcelona side that is currently defeating all before them.

Without the Brazilian, however, the Red Devils risk being a little short up front, where off-colour Wayne Rooney is joined by inexperienced pair Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial.

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