After all the back and forth between Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, it looks like the two clubs couldn’t reach an agreement for Neymar and his return to the Camp Nou two years after his departure.
As per Goal, Neymar is set to stay at the Parc des Princes for the 2019/20 season, as talks between the French champions and Barcelona didn’t get anywhere, ending a transfer saga that lasted throughout the whole summer. PSG initially didn’t want to engage in talks with Barcelona, but given Neymar’s reluctance to stay with the team, they were forced to put a price tag to offload the wantaway star.
It was reported this week that Barcelona were optimistic that a deal could be completed after they cleared Philippe Coutinho's wages off their books, and PSG reportedly agreeing to an offer involving three Barca’s players plus cash, but that never happened.
The Blaugrana offered several players as makeweights in proposed part-swap deals. PSG insisted that Nelson Semedo had to be included and that was a dealbreaker for the La Liga champions given their reluctance to part ways with the full-back.
Barcelona apparently agreed to deal Semedo to Paris, adding Ivan Rakitic to the offer. He hasn’t seen a lot of playing time during recent weeks and that sparked rumors about his potential exit from the Camp Nou. In the end, it was Ousmane Dembele who damaged his club’s plans by refusing to move to Paris, ending any hope to see Neymar returning to Catalonia this summer.
The young World Cup winner landed in Barcelona in 2017 as a replacement for Neymar, but he hasn’t performed as expected, being linked with a move away from Catalonia this summer.
Neymar, meanwhile, has informed some of his PSG teammates that he will be playing alongside them once he comes back from his international duties with Brazil. The biggest saga of the summer has come to its end, and everything is set to stay as it was at the beginning.