Manchester United target Neymar closing signing a new three-year deal at Barcelona

Neymar completed his third year at Barca in 2015-16 since joining from Santos and scored 31 goals in 48 appearances.

Reuters| Updated: Jun 30, 2016, 17:48 PM IST
Manchester United target Neymar closing signing a new three-year deal at Barcelona

Barcelona: Neymar is close to signing a three-year contract extension with Barcelona that will tie the Brazil captain to the La Liga champions until June 2021, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu announced on Thursday.

The 24-year-old forward is a reported target of top European clubs and his current deal expires in June 2018. El Mundo Deportivo reported on Thursday that Manchester United were launching a "total offensive" to acquire Neymar.

The Catalan based newspaper had stated earlier this month that Paris Saint-Germain had offered the South American a wage package of 30 million euros ($33.40 million) net per season, which is double what he receives at Barca.

But Bartomeu told a news conference on Thursday: "Neymar does not want to leave Barca and we don`t want him to go.

"In the next few days we will announce his contract renewal for five seasons. It`s normal that many clubs are interested in Neymar but our club members need to be calm because our club`s lawyers and Neymar will iron out the minor details in the coming days."

Neymar completed his third year at Barca in 2015-16 since joining from Santos and scored 31 goals in 48 appearances to help the club win the league and the King`s Cup.

He did not play at the Copa America this month in order to rest but is currently in Brazil and will compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.