The return of Neymar to FC Barcelona is the real sea serpent of the transfer window. If a departure of the Brazilian from PSG does not seem really topical anymore, the Catalans have tried by all means to make him come back home, as witnessed by Javier Bordas, former manager who resigned from Barça. The PSG transfer window was played for nothing at that time …
Neymar very close to a return to FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has always wanted to bring Neymar back to the fold. Since his departure from PSG in the summer of 2017, Catalan leaders have indeed tried to convince him to return to Catalonia. The Spanish press made this an inexhaustible subject, but some rumors of the PSG transfer window were founded, as revealed by Javier Bordas, former Barça manager who left the club at the same time as the former president, Josep Maria Bartomeu . “We offered 110 million euros to PSG, plus Todibo, Rakitic and the loan of Ousmane Dembélé for a season. PSG wanted 130 million, plus Todibo, Rakitic and the loan of Ousmane Dembélé …”, a unveiled Bordas on the airwaves of COPE. Before adding, fatalist: “But the clubs have not managed to agree when the operation is completed.” Neymar was therefore only 20 million euros from a return to FC Barcelona a year ago.
PSG mercato: Mbappé almost went to Barça
Javier Bordas also made revelations about another PSG player, who could have never gone: Kylian Mbappé. So at AS Monaco, the player favored FC Barcelona, just like its leaders. “I called his father and he told me that he would not go to Real Madrid, because there was Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale. While at Barca he could come because there was no more Neymar, explained the former Catalan leader. “The president of Monaco preferred that he go to Barça so as not to reinforce the PSG, a direct rival. And it could have been done for 100 million euros. But Robert Fernandez (former technical secretary of the club, editor’s note), preferred Dembélé. The explanation was that Mbappé was playing for him while Dembélé was playing for the team. And as a winger like Neymar was leaving, Robert Fernandez preferred to recruit a winger rather than a finisher. “The PSG transfer window has really held to little for its two stars.