Joan Laporta has confirmed that Barcelona did consider making a move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar over the summer, despite the Catalans’ crippling financial problems forcing them to lose Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.

Neymar has consistently been linked with a return to the Camp Nou since leaving the club in 2017 and, as it turns out, the reports weren’t unfounded.

“As the numbers were explained to us, we thought there was room to do it,” Laporta said to RAC1. “We didn’t have our due diligence done.

“They told us that he wanted to come, and that he couldn’t continue there, having convinced the club [to let him leave].

“But it’s football and whoever makes the best offer wins. Not signing him has been a good thing, it wouldn’t have helped.

“Neymar could have generated a lot of income, but not signing him has been a good thing.”


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