Neymar transfer to Barcelona stalls as Paris Saint-Germain officials reportedly unhappy with first meeting


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FRUSTRATION


By Daniel Sandford

14th August 2019,
3:58 pm

Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly unhappy at how their first meeting with Barcelona went over the potential sale of Neymar.

The Brazilian is desperate to leave the French capital and has made his feelings on the matter abundantly clear in recent months.

Neymar wants to return to Barcelona

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Neymar wants to return to Barcelona

Officials from Spain have travelled to France to discuss a return to La Liga for the 27-year-old, who left Barcelona in 2017 for a huge £198million fee, making him the most expensive footballer of all time.

According to ESPN, there has been no breakthrough on a deal between the two sides, with PSG understood to have told their European rivals they want Philippe Coutinho, Nelson Semedo and €120m to part with Neymar, while Barca’s best offer so far is Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic and €80m.

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There will be another meeting between the pair on Thursday during UEFA’s European Club Association gathering.

Neymar did not feature in PSG’s 3-0 opening weekend victory over Nimes and supporters vented their anger at the player by holding up banners telling him to ‘get lost’.

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After the game, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, as quoted in L’Equipe, said: “It’s tricky. I don’t know what to say. I saw it on my colleagues’ smartphones because I did not hear [the chants] during the match.

“Can I understand it? Yes and no. He’s still our player, my player, and I protect all my players.

“He’s in my dressing room. I can understand that not everyone has liked what he has said and done.”

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