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‘No deal yet for Neymar’s return to Barca’

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PSG’s Brazilian forward Neymar (R) and Brazilian captain Thiago Silva (L) attend a training session in Ooredoo training center in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on August 29, 2019. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)

Barcelona has denied a deal to seal Neymar’s return to the Nou Camp has been completed.   

Sky Italia reported earlier in the day that the big-money move was close to being finalised – however the Spanish champions have insisted a deal is not yet done.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan giants said the reports were ‘false’ as Barcelona cannot agree to include Ousmane Dembele as part of the deal.

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his PSG counterpart Nasser Al-Khelaifi were in Monaco yesterday for the Champions League group stage draw. 

The two clubs had been in long-running talks over the 27-year-old Brazilian, who left Barcelona for Paris in a world-record £200million deal in 2017. 

The Brazil international completed training with his team-mates in Paris on Friday. 

Neymar looked in good spirits as he ran through a series of drills with compatriot and team-mate Thiago Silva. 

With the European transfer window set to close on Monday, PSG had reportedly rejected an offer of £118m, plus Ivan Rakitic, Jean-Clair Todibo and a season-long loan for Dembele. 

PSG was holding out for a fee much closer to the £200m they paid, while Barcelona’s rivals Real Madrid were said to be preparing their own big-money offer.

The initial reports suggested, however, believed that the above players – excluding Dembele – formed part of an agreement reached.

Neymar spent four seasons in Spain, scoring 101 goals in 185 games, before leaving for the Ligue 1 champions.

Despite winning four major titles across two seasons in France, Neymar has reportedly been keen on a departure.

If the deal does go through he will also team up with fellow new-boy Antoine Griezmann who completed a £108million move from Atletico Madrid during the summer.

He will also reunite with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, the three have formed a lethal combination together.
Played together upfront, they won two La Liga titles, in 2014 and 2015, as well as the 2015 Champions League. 


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