Former Director Javier Bordas revealed that Barca could not buy Neymar from PSG during the transfer window last summer for a very rare reason.
Neymar once asked to leave PSG to return to Barca in the summer of 2019, and even quit training to put pressure. But in the end the deal broke down at the last minute and Neymar is still with PSG today.
The reason for this failure was revealed by former Barca’s legal director, Javier Bordas, in an exclusive interview with Mundo Deportivo.
Mr. Bordas asserted that Barca was very serious with the intention to buy Neymar in the summer of 2019. As evidenced by the legal director of Bordas and CEO Oscar Grau and sporting director Eric Abidal went to Paris to negotiate with PSG.
“We really want to bring Neymar back to Barca. We did our best. We almost reached an agreement to buy Neymar and he is also ready to return to Barca. But Neymar’s father demanded a commission that both clubs could not reach an agreement on before the transfer market closed time.”
“But it is true that we did our best and were able to buy him back in a little while. I think Messi is still very sorry about this. But with the impact of the COVID-19 translation, Barca’s finances would be even worse if we tried to buy Neymar at the time”
“Many people also said that if Neymar came back, Barca might not have fired coach Valverde or had to buy Braithwaite to fight the fire. But those are completely different things. In football, there are times when you have to make a choice. Neymar is a good player, but the club’s finances are even more important”.
In an interview with Mundo Deportivo, Bordas also confirmed that Neymar made a mistake when demanding to leave in 2017 and then wanted to return after only 2 years of adventure at PSG. Mr. Bordas also admitted that he knew the real reason why Neymar was determined to leave Barca, but it was better that the Brazilian striker explained himself.
“People said he didn’t want to be Messi’s shadow. He wants to be number one. Neymar explained this to me that he doesn’t think so. I don’t think that’s the reason either”.
“Neymar wants to be number one and he also knows there will be a day when Messi is no longer number one. Then it will be his time. But Neymar is ready to become the best while still playing with Messi”.