Real Madrid offered double Barcelona`s bid for Neymar

Last Updated: May 28, 2013, 09:06 AM IST

Madrid: Real Madrid offered twice the amount Barcelona were ready to spend for Neymar, Goal has learned.

The Blaugrana beat their Liga rivals to the Brazilian star`s signature in a deal worth around €28 million, with the player himself receiving an additional €30m.

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 €120m.

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 the player`s representatives had 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.