Barcelona chief Oscar Grau has opened up on the club’s pursuit of Neymar this past summer, confirming that the Catalan giants did everything in their power to push a deal over the line.
Barca’s Neymar chase
Barcelona’s attempts to coax Brazilian attacker Neymar back to the club proved, in terms of longevity and intensity of rumours, the talking point of the summer transfer window.
Two years on from his La Liga departure, Neymar was hotly-tipped to make a return to the Camp Nou.
Despite having already added Antoine Griezmann to their attacking ranks, the Spanish champions had long been said to be eyeing a further splash before the close of the European transfer market two weeks ago.
PSG, however, proved an altogether-tough nut to crack for the Blaugrana hierarchy.
Though reports had been rampant that Neymar himself had his heart set on linking back up with his former club, and PSG having publicly scolded their star man for his behaviour this summer, the capital outfit’s board stood firm in demanding a premium fee for a player whom they splashed out a world-record 222 million Euro on in 2017.
This eventually resulted in widespread confirmation late last month that Barca had come to the decision to call a definitive end to their chase of the Brazilian:
Barça sources have confirmed that they have formally rejected PSG’s last proposal, which consisted of 130 million euros, Dembélé on loan and transfers of Rakitić and Todibo. The operation is practically ruled out. [cat radio]
— barcacentre (@barcacentre) August 30, 2019
— Mundo Deportivo (@mundodeportivo) August 30, 2019
‘Very strong commitment’
As such, speaking earlier today, Blaugrana CEO Oscar Grau was drawn on the club’s failure to coax PSG into a sale.
Grau, though, assures that Barcelona’s hierarchy did ‘everything possible’ to secure Neymar’s signature.
During an interview with Mundo Deportivo, the board member explained:
‘We made a very strong commitment to Neymar.’
‘The club did everything possible to bring Neymar with two proposals, with and without players [in exchange] but in a sustainable way.’
‘But the feeling is that the PSG never wanted to sell him.’