In a shock revelation from Spain today, Real Madrid club president Florentino Perez has stated that Neymar passed a medical at his club ahead of a potential transfer to the Santiago Bernabaeu.
The Brazilian’s proposed move to Madrid from Santos fell through and in 2013 he ended up singing for Real’s fiercest rivals Barcelona.
Since signing for the Catalan giants, Neymar has won three Copa del Ray’s, two La Liga titles and a Champions League as part of the famed and feared “MSN” attacking trio, consisting of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and himself.
Perez, renowned for building galactico teams at Real Madrid with big-name and big money signings in every transfer window, revealed to Spanish radio station Onda Cero that the Brazilian maestro was incredibly close to signing for Los Blancos:
“Neymar passed a medical with Madrid.
“We tried for him to come, but we saw at one point that it was not possible and we withdrew (from the deal).”
After the deal which would have seen the 25-year-old move from South America to the Spanish capital and would have seen the recent La Liga landscape pan out much differently since the deal fell through, Barca swooped in to take the highly sought after attacker.
Madrid opted to buy Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for a world record £86 million instead of Neymar. Transfer rumours that the Welsh star is now set for the exit door at Real are circulating and intensifying, having struggled badly with injuries this season.
Perez also addressed that story, not exactly clearing anything up, however:
“Bale’s tendons went.
“He had bad luck this season, but he has given us much satisfaction,” he expressed.