Messi Wanted Brazilian Back At Nou Camp
Paris Saint-Germain demanded €300 million for Neymar and refused to let him leave for anything less than that amount.
The Brazilian striker was linked over the summer with a return to Spain. Real Madrid were strongly linked in the early part of the transfer window while the prospect of a return to Barcelona looked to be on the cards over the past month.
According to French newspaper Le Parisien, PSG chairman Nasser al-Khalaifi met with senior figures at the Ligue 1 club early on in the saga. “Neymar can leave, but only if the offer is huge: €300 million.” That’s the equivalent of around £275 million.
But Barcelona weren’t willing to offer anywhere near the amount. Their initial offer was cash plus midfielder Philippe Coutinho. Sources within PSG suggested that the Catalan side arrived “with their hands virtually empty.”
However, with a nett spend already of £90 million so far this summer Barcelona found themselves in a position where they were unable to afford a return for the Brazilian.
Another French newspaper, L’Equipe, has suggested Lionel Messi was behind moves to get Neymar back at the Nou Camp. The Argentine remains close to his former team-mate and is said to have sent texts encouraging Neymar to return to Barcelona.
“We need you to help us regain the Champions League,” L’Equipe claims Messi said before going back to the Barcelona hierarchy with the same message.
Ultimately, though, this was a transfer that could not be done.