'We did everything to sign Neymar'

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu admits the club did tried 'everything possible' to sign Neymar in the recent transfer window.

Neymar was the biggest transfer story over the past couple of months, with the Brazilian eager to return to the Camp Nou after just two seasons in Paris.

However, the Brazil international eventually opted to remain with the Ligue 1 champions just two days before the European tarnsfer window closed on Monday, 3 September 2019.

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"As the planning and signing of all the players to the squad was done, the interest towards Neymar was an added bonus when the Sporting Director of Paris Saint Germain Leonardo opened the doors to the player's negotiation," Bartomeu told Barca TV.

"Between the 10th and the 15th July, all our dealings were complete. We had a clear transfer strategy and then an extra strategy, which was Neymar.

"After that period, Leornardo opened up the possibility to sign him and Barcelona were one of the clubs interested in the deal.

"From then onwards, we did all possible to sign the player, but the negotiations didn't end as we would have hoped because we couldn't agree with what PSG demanded.

"Neymar was a sporting decision between the board and whenever a top player like him is available, we have to be in the market, in spite of it being an extra negotiation.

"We did everything possible to sign him this summer."

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