David Neres turned down an offer from Manchester United before signing a new contract at Ajax, according to reports.
Neres had been linked with United as they look to bolster their front-line before the transfer deadline – especially given Romelu Lukaku’s impending move to Inter Milan.
However, the Brazilian forward put pen to paper on a new contract at Ajax on Wednesday evening, extending his stay by a further year to keep him at the Eredivisie club until 2023.
Now, Yahoo journalist Jorge Nicola (via Sport Witness) has revealed that United did present an offer for Neres before he signed his new deal, with the player choosing to reject the Red Devils’ advances.
According to Nicola, Neres has now become Ajax’s best-paid player, with the Dutch champions believing his market value can rise even further over the next few years.
The offer from United was reportedly worth €50m, whereas Ajax currently value him closer to €70m – hence their rejection of the offer.
Neres played a starring role as Ajax reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, and whilst some of his teammates have now moved on to new clubs, he will be staying in Amsterdam.
United, meanwhile, appear to have switched their focus to Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams, and remain interested in Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic. Read the full story here.
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