Madrid-based sports newspaper AS claimed that the 21-year-old, who joined Barca from Santos earlier this summer, had a 2006 trial with Real and that this draft youth contract was drawn up for his signing:
Neymar, who was the subject of a two-year tug of war between Spain's biggest clubs before joining Barca, would have cost 60,000 euros, or around £50,000, but Real apparently did not want to pay a fee for an unproven schoolboy.
This error has been put down to a leadership vacuum, as Real did not have a club president at the time.
AS says that the picture is proof of this deal, but they also report it was not made official, as Los Merengues did not pay the player’s representative Wagner Ribeiro a €60,000 fee.
It was claimed that, in the wake of Florentino Perez’s departure as president a month before, those overseeing the deal - technical secretary Ramon Martinez and director general Carlos Martinez de Albornoz - did not want to take responsibility for signing the 14-year-old.
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