Barcelona Chief Josep Maria Bartomeu Goes Public With Fresh Neymar Transfer Declaration

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the Catalans will not be making a move for Neymar  in the January transfer window.

The Brazilian was tipped to return to Camp Nou throughout the summer, but despite talks between the Spanish champions and Paris Saint-Germain, he failed to get his desired move.

Two years after leaving in a £200million world record transfer, the 27-year-old was desperate to reunite with pals Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

The likes of Ousmane Dembele and Ivan Rakitic were both tipped to go the other way in potential player plus cash deals, but both remain with the Blaugrana.

Now there have been suggestions that Barca could look to make a move during the January transfer window.

But the 56-year-old has sought to rubbish those suggestions.

Whilst talking to Barca TV, Bartomeu said: “Neymar can’t join Barca in January, and the Barca dressing room doesn’t decide anything.

“We did everything possible to sign Neymar. We didn’t offer any specific player in exchange. We did talk about exchanges but all the names were given by PSG.

“Without an exchange of players, the offer was to loan Neymar for a year with a mandatory purchase option at the end of the season.

“I know other clubs were also negotiating with PSG. At one point during the negotiations, Neymar asked PSG to only negotiate with Barca. He decided only to join Barca.

“Neymar did what he had to do, he told his club about his decision, he did everything possible, but this year he will play at PSG.”

Barca’s respected president went on to say that he felt his squad was already complete ahead

But he admitted Neymar would have been a welcome addition to the squad, before seeking to quash rumours suggesting Messi had asked the club to re-sign Neymar and attempted to veto a move for Antoine Griezmann.

“Messi didn’t ask me to sign Neymar,” Bartomeu said. “It was an opportunity in the market because he is a great player, and the board agreed to see what we could do to bring him back.

“The dressing room does not have a say on transfers, and they did not veto Griezmann.”

Barca’s start to the season has been a bumpy ride so far with only one win, a draw and a loss suffered on the opening day of the season means they sit eighth in La Liga.

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