PSG chief admits Neymar could still leave for Barcelona despite rejected bid

Neymar could still join Barcelona according to PSG chief Leoanrdo (Image: GETTY)

Barcelona are desperate to sign Neymar this summer, but apparently withdrew from negotiations on Friday.

After days of meetings, they saw their final bid rejected by PSG, with the two clubs still reportedly wide away on their valuation of the player.

PSG want Barcelona to pay up front for the forward, while the Catalan club wants to make a player-plus-cash deal.On Thursday, it was reported that the two clubs had agreed on a deal.

It was even claimed by Sky Italia that all that remained was for both clubs to sign the paperwork before the transfer was announced.

Barca reportedly offered up Ivan Rakitic, Ousmane Dembele and Jean-Clair Todibo as well as cash.

But, just a day later, it was reported that PSG had refused the offer and changed their minds on agreeing a deal, instead demanding the full fee up front.

That decision left the deal virtually impossible to make, but PSG director Leonardo Araujo confirmed that there is still a chance that they will allow a swap deal to take place.


Neymar has still been training despite being on the verge of a transfer (Image: GETTY)

“The first time we received an offer from Barça by Neymar was on the 27th of August,” he told Reuters.


“If a satisfactory offer comes from Neymar, he could leave, but that is not the case right now.

“We have 3 days left before the transfer window closes. We talked to each other and the positions between us are very clear.

“Neymar is an extraordinary player who has done a lot and is very important.


PSG chief Leonardo admitted Neymar could still leave (Image: GETTY)

“Our relationship is not the most easy today. It is complicated.

“Neymar has always made it clear that he wants to leave but no-one has enough money to buy him.

“And if an offer doesn’t arrive which we think is worth it, he will stay,

“We opened the possibility of his departure, only on our terms, which never arrived, but we are still open to talk about other players for Neymar. Barça is the only candidate to sign Neymar.”


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