Gerard Pique revealed that the entire Barcelona team offered to alter their salaries in an attempt to help Neymar return.
Neymar’s attempts to link-up with Pique and co at Barcelona in the summer was one of the worst-kept secrets in football. However, the Catalan club simply couldn’t entice Paris Saint-Germain into a sale.
The Ligue 1 champions were no pushovers, and demanded Barcelona pay back the €222m they invested to sign the Brazilian from them.
Therefore, Neymar remains in France to this day and has since worked his way back into Thomas Tuchel’s team.
But now Pique has revealed that both himself and his team-mates offered to change their salaries amid the Financial Fair Play (FFP) constraints that Barcelona were struggling with.
“We didn’t stump up money,” the defender told El Larguero.
“What we said to the president was whether we could change our contracts because we knew there was a Financial Fair Play issue.
“So we said to the president, rather than earn something in year one, we could earn it in year two or three or four.
“At the end of the day we want to go along with what the club is doing and if we can help the club, in this case avoiding a financial fair problem, we’ve got no problem in doing that.
“Rather than reducing our salary it was about finding a formula so that if the club wanted to sign Neymar they could. At the time they thought it was a good idea, but then other problems cropped up.”
Neymar has scored four goals in his five Ligue 1 outings since returning to action for PSG on September 14. However, he’s currently sidelined again due to a hamstring injury sustained during the international break.
But the door for a Camp Nou comeback remains open anyway as far as Pique is concerned.
He added: “In football, anything can happen and every year just makes that clearer.
“We told Neymar, ‘you’re going to a golden prison’. But in football things can happen and you find the door open.”