Neymar believed he was on the verge of returning to Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain before the French champions pulled the plug on the deal, according to former Barca director Javier Bordas.
Barcelona spent the entirety of the summer transfer window in 2019 trying to bring Brazil megastar Neymar back to the Nou Camp.
With the forward unhappy in Paris at the time, he was tipped to push for a move back to Catalunya.
Neymar had apparently told PSG he wished he never signed for them back in 2017 and was eager to return.
Barcelona made numerous bids to sign him, and were involved in negotiations throughout the entire window.
In the end, economic restraints meant they simply couldn’t afford to pay PSG’s asking price.
Despite offering numerous players in return, the French champions stood firm and refused to part ways with him.
Bordas has now opened up on the negotiations with PSG, and revealed that he tried everything he could to reverse the world transfer record deal from 2017.
He said: “Yes, yes, we were serious.
“I went personally and we really wanted him to come, we tried in every way possible.
“We were very close. We got PSG to make us an offer when they never accepted for Verratti, Marquinhos, and Thiago Silva.
“They aren’t a selling club.
“We were so close that Neymar thought he was coming, and I did too, it was on the verge.
“There was a difference in money that his father had put but the clubs didn’t agree when it came to closing the deal, but we were very close to bringing him in, that was our idea.”
Barca didn’t try to sign him during the summer due to the turmoil at the club due to the financial restraints of the coronavirus pandemic.
And presidential candidate Victor Font confirmed he will not try to sign the Brazilian if he takes over from Josep Bartomeu.
“Institutionally, Neymar’s not in my plans,” he said.
“For financial reasons and for other reasons, like the lawsuit he has against the club and the fact he left the club in a tricky position days before the season started (in 2017).
“He would fit in on the sporting side but not on the financial or the institutional side of things.”
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