Blancos president Florentino Perez was desperate to bring the Santos starlet to the Santiago Bernabeu but the player chose the Catalans' offer due to their sporting projectEXCLUSIVE
By Pilar Suarez
Real Madrid offered twice the amount Barcelona were ready to spend for Neymar, Goal has learned.
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However, Madrid president Florentino Perez was so desperate to bring the 21-year-old to the Spanish capital that he doubled the Catalans' final figure, offering a total of over £107m.
Barca had been said to be leading the race for Neymar's signature for some time and the Selecao international opted to move to Camp Nou as he preferred the club's sporting project.
Furthermore, it is said that Marcos Malaquias, one of the representatives of the player, always advised Neymar to sign for Barcelona.
Coach Tito Vilanova applauded Neymar for choosing sporting ambition over money, while the 21-year-old admitted his excitement at playing alongside Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi.