Published: Tue, September 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Why Neymar's Barcelona Return Collapsed & How Lionel Messi Started the Saga

Why Neymar's Barcelona Return Collapsed & How Lionel Messi Started the Saga

"Se queda", Spanish for he's staying, read the L'Equipe headline on its front page with a photo of the Brazilian.

As a result, talks broke down and Neymar is not set to remain at the Parc des Princes for at least one more season.

They wrote: 'The league closes the transfer market without Pogba or Neymar, but Madrid and Barcelona do not rule out returning for them in 2020'.

"Neymar's entourage admit it: it's finished", it said.

Barcelona explored a number of potential player-plus-cash swap deals for Neymar, including Ivan Rakitic, Jean-Clair Todibo and Dembele.

Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona in 2017 for a world record fee of €222 million (R3.7 billion), and has scored 51 goals in 58 appearances for the club.

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Efforts to negotiate a suitably lucrative transfer back to Barcelona have seemingly floundered, with PSG sporting director Leonardo saying last Friday there was "no agreement".

Griezmann, Messi, Dembele and Luis Suarez is already too many attackers to fit into a balanced team, which helps to explain why the Catalan giants were said to be willing to offload the France winger to PSG.

"The failure of his signing leaves numerous characters involved affected, with wounds that won't just be healed with a plaster".

However, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez then jumped into the race, making the situation concerning Neymar very interesting.

"The latest information yesterday (Saturday) was that he would not be joining Barcelona and it is not impossible that Madrid could make a late entry into the bidding".

The LaLiga side were however encouraged by Neymar's willingness to return to the Camp Nou and how he exerted pressure on the French club to let him go.

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