Real Madrid deny world record bid made for Neymar
Cape Town - Spanish giants Real Madrid have denied reports suggesting it has made a world record offer of £275 million for the Brazilian superstar Neymar.
As it happened: Brazil v Mexico
"Given the information issued tonight by TVE concerning a supposed offer from Real Madrid to PSG and the player Neymar, Real Madrid can confirm the information is completely false and have not made any offer to PSG or the player," a statement read.
"Real Madrid has not made any kind of offer to PSG or the player."
The strongly worded statement continued that it was "surprised" that a Spanish public broadcaster is able to broadcast absolutely false information without contacting any of the parties involved to verify the alleged information that could easily have been denied.
Paris Saint-Germain is under pressure from UEFA to raise cash by
selling players. The French club need to help comply with "Financial
Fair Play" rules which monitor overspending on transfers and wages. PSG
spent a record €222 million last year by buy Neymar
UEFA warned the French champions three weeks ago
they will "remain under close scrutiny" when they submit accounts for
the financial year, which ended last Saturday.
Neymar scored a stylish opener and set up substitute Roberto Firmino for a late second as Brazil cruised into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday.
Bidding for a record-extending sixth title in Russia, Brazil weathered an early storm at Samara Arena before Neymar turned on the style to underline their status as favourites.
But Neymar's sparkling performance was tarnished by yet another example of his tendency to overreact to seemingly innocuous challenges.
He brushed off the criticism though saying: "what are you going to do? They talked too much before the match and now are going home."