PSG's secret Neymar asking price that meant Barcelona return was impossible


Neymar will remain with Paris Saint-Germain after the French giants put another world-record fee on the head of the Brazilian.

Neymar, 27, had his heart set on a return to Barcelona this summer after two seasons in Paris.

The saga has rumbled on all summer but reports last week suggested a deal had finally been agreed between the two clubs.

The two clubs held face-to-face talks and PSG are believed to have intimated to Barcelona that an offer of £180m (€200m) would take Neymar back to the Nou Camp.

But Le Parisien reports it all appears to have been a bluff from the French champions.

Neymar in PSG training

It is claimed PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi met with club officials at the start of the summer, after Neymar confirmed his intentions to return to Barca.

But he also told them in secret that he wouldn’t go cheap, and slapped a £272m (€300m) price tag on the player.

PSG knew Barca were never going to get anywhere near that price, with the Spanish champions having to meet FFP guidelines.

They are believed to have offered Philippe Coutinho in their initial offer, while Nelson Semedo and Ousmane Dembele have both been mentioned in the final weeks of the window.

Neymar with Nasser Al-Khelaifi

Neymar wanted to return to Barcelona

But neither player was keen on the move and despite Neymar’s plea for the deal to happen, he has not got his wish.

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Barca remain confident Neymar will return to the Nou Camp, either in January or in next summer, with the Brazilian turning 28 in February.

He will hope the PSG board will have reduced their extortionate asking price by then.





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