Juventus made an ambitious approach to sign Neymar in a move that would have partnered the Brazilian with Cristiano Ronaldo – and even offered Paris Saint-Germain an eye-watering deal that included Paulo Dybala plus €100million (£90m).
Neymar left Barcelona for PSG back in 2017, in a world record £189million switch, but was keen on a fresh start before the European summer transfer window slammed shut last Monday.
PSG, however, were reluctant to do business with Barcelona and, having accepted that Neymar’s future is best served away from Paris, would rather have sold him to another European rival.
That ultimately alerted the attention of Juve and the Italians, according to Tuttosport , were keen to sign Neymar to form their “dream duo” alongside Ronaldo.
In fact, Juve were so desperate to bring Neymar to Turin that they were willing to pay £90m and include Dybala as a makeweight in the deal.
But the striker was seemingly not keen on a move to Paris, digging his heels in and ultimately remaining in Italy to play alongside Ronaldo.
Tuttosport goes on to claim that it wasn’t just Dybala who was reluctant to make the deal happen, with PSG believed to have rejected Juve’s approach as they were holding out for a larger up-front fee.
Neymar reportedly told his teammates, boss Thomas Tuchel and the club’s owners that he wanted to leave when he left Paris in May at the end of the season.
He will now remain in Paris until January at least, although Barcelona are confident they will be able to land him then, or next summer.
The Brazil star can leave PSG next summer if a club pays close to £154m, with Barca expected to renew their interest.