With Neymar poised to leave Paris Saint-Germain as soon as possible, it’s thought that Barcelona will probably be his next destination, but things don’t sound that easy for the rest of the parties that would be involved in a potential transaction for the Brazilian superstar.
Albeit Barcelona have been linked with a move for the forward, the club's second in command has broken down where the club stands now and what they are planning to do (or not) regarding Neymar.
Barcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner has claimed that the Brazilian is keen to return to Camp Nou from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, but he also denied that the club is actually trying to sign him or 'thinking' about it, even hinting that doing business again with the Brazil international would be difficult considering the way he left the club two years ago.
Some recent reports suggested that the deal was a few steps away from being completed, but now we learned from somebody who has authority within the club that Neymar is not part of Barcelona’s plans in the current moment.
The Daily Telegraph suggested PSG would be willing to sell Neymar if he fails to show any improvement in his game and, if Barcelona were able to offer at least the €222 million it cost to buy the player. SPORT, on the other hand, alleged that a pre-agreement over a five-year contract is in place.
Moreover, Globoesporte claimed talks between both clubs’ presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Nasser Al Khelaifi have taken place, and that Camp Nou officials recognized the importance of re-signing Neymar to please important figures of the dressing room.
Still, it is unlikely that all of that actually happened after knowing what Barcelona’s vice-chairman has told on the subject.
"It's correct that Neymar wants to return to Barcelona. But Barcelona aren't thinking about signing Neymar. This subject isn't up for discussion," Cardoner is quoted as saying by Marca.
"There are many things that we didn't like about his departure, many things to resolve. You have to move on. People are saying we've signed Neymar; we haven't signed anyone. We haven't kept in contact with him. He and lots of other players want to play for Barcelona," he added.
He explained that players who left and decided to come back weren’t new for them, as it happened in the past, but it wouldn’t be so easy now considering how Neymar left. Cardoner ultimately said that even if Barcelona did want to take a shot at Neymar, their finances and need to have a 'balanced budget' would be a major obstacle to complete the move.