The newspaper that is considered close to Barcelona – “Mundo Deportivo”, revealed the latest offer with which the Catalan giant wanted to return the Brazilian international Neymar to the “Nou Camp” which in 2017 was sold to PSG for a record 222 million. euros.
As the summer transfer window approaches, the information that Barça will try to secure the services of the winger again is becoming more frequent. On that occasion, the Catalan daily revealed that at the end of the previous summer transfer window, Neymar was offered to PSG, by the reigning Spanish champions.
The Barça package included Croatian international Ivan Rakitic, then 20-year-old defender Jean-Clair Todibo, who is currently on loan at Schalke, while France international Ousmane Dembele was due to go on a one-year loan deal. In addition to these three, Barça was ready to spend 130 million euros for compensation.
PSG responded that they accept the offer, but asked for another 150 million. euros. Neymar immediately informed both sides that he was ready to give 20 million euros just to equalize the difference between what Barça is offering and what PSG is looking for. However, he would have done so only if he had been promised that the money would be returned to him within a year, through the salary he would have earned at the Nou Camp.
Such an ultimatum from Neymar was not accepted by the leaders of Barça, which already have a hige expenses when it comes to the salaries of the players, because they allocate 391 million per year. euros, i.e 83% of the club’s annual budget. For that reason, Neymar’s long-awaited comeback in the ranks of the Catalan giant Barça failed.