Real Madrid have refuted a report by TVE stating that the Spanish club offered PSG €310 million for Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior.
Según @rtve Real Madrid ha ofrecido 310 M€ al PSG para fichar a Neymar. Las fuentes consultadas por TVE explican que el R. Madrid, si hay acuerdo, ofrecerá al brasileño un contrato de 7 temporadas por 45 M€ netos/año.— Rubén Uría (@rubenuria) July 2, 2018
In light of information broadcast tonight by TVE regarding an alleged Real Madrid offer to PSG and their player Neymar, Real Madrid C. F. wishes to state that this information is absolutely untrue. Real Madrid has made no offer of any kind to PSG or the player.
Real Madrid are surprised that the Spanish public television network would choose to broadcast entirely false information without anyone from the outlet having first contacted any of the parties concerned to corroborate the supposed information, which would have been quite easily discredited.
This is a rather odd move, given Real Madrid (and football clubs in general) rarely ever go out of their way to make an official statement to correct transfer rumors. This might be a case of “the lady doth protest too much” or it might be Real Madrid simply trying to keep a good working relationship with PSG so that other targets can be pursued in the future. Conversely, it could be as innocuous as Real Madrid simply refuting a false claim, but it’s difficult to see it being that simple.