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Official: No January move to Barca for Neymar

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There will be no attempts from Barcelona to sign Neymar in the January winter transfer window.

In an interview with Spanish sports outlet Marca, Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu said there was no way Barcelona would move to sign Neymar in January.

The Neymar transfer was the saga of the summer of 2019. But after all the talk and offers and counteroffers, the Brazillian stayed at PSG.

Bartomeu said:

“He’s not in the plans for January.”

There was a very simple reason in his mind why the move never went through.

He added:

“Barcelona couldn’t meet PSG’s demands [this summer].”

“Barcelona never offered players for Neymar, it was PSG that asked for them.”

“We did everything possible to sign him.”

He insists there were no outside influences, no fairytale courtship, and that it was Neymar that wanted the move to Barca above anything else.

He continued:

“It’s a fact that Neymar asked PSG to negotiate only with Barcelona.”

“The signing wasn’t easy, on an economic or social level.”

“[Lionel] Messi didn’t tell me to sign Neymar, that’s a myth.”

“The players don’t have a say in signings, it’s the sporting department, technical department and the directors who decide.”

The club are happy with their acquisitions and are confident about going forward.

He said:

“This year we prepared the squad very quickly.”

“It’s a more competitive squad than last season, it’s smaller, 21 players, but very competitive.”

“And Ernesto Valverde knows the concept very well.”

The Antoine Griezmann’s move from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona was their big-money deal of the summer, and it appears that even that was borrowed money and speculative income.

He added:

“His release clause was paid with a bridge loan of 60 million euros and subtracting payments that other clubs owed us.”

Given those facts, and the details he revealed of remodeling and development projects to the clubs infrastructure including the Camp Nou.

It remains to be seen how the Catalan club can actually afford a deal for Neymar that would potentially run into hundreds of millions with the mega transfer fee and the wage packet.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – JUNE 03: Neymar (C) holds his new jersey with the FC Barcelona Vice-President Josep Maria Bartomeu (L) and FC Barcelona Sport Director Andoni Zubizarreta during the official presentation as a new player of the FC Barcelona at Camp Nou Stadium on June 3, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)