Barca president Bartomeu denied the possibility of returning to negotiations with PSG on the transfer of Neymar.
“Neymar is not in Barca’s recruitment plan for January. At the end of the transfer window, Barca was unable to meet PSG’s demands. We have never included players in negotiations, but it is demanding asked PSG. We did everything we could, “said Barca president Bartomeu.
On the last day of the summer transfer – September 2, the negotiations between Barca and PSG ended with no results. According to the Spanish press, the reason for the failure is PSG’s demand: 165 million with Rakitic, Todibo, and Dembele. Meanwhile, Barca is only ready to buy off for about 180 million or borrowed with the terms of the following season.
“This transfer is not easy, in terms of both economic and influence to the fans,” Bartomeu said.
The Barca president also denied that some pillars of the team urged leaders to buy Neymar. He asserted: “Messi never told me about buying Neymar. It was a lie. Other players did not say anything about this. The technical department and leadership are the decision-makers.”
Before the deal to buy Neymar failed, Barca promptly bought Antoine Griezmann, Junior Firpo, Neto, and Frenkie De Jong. In addition, defending champion La Liga has also released a number of surplus players such as Coutinho, Malcom, Rafinha, Juan Miranda, Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Andre Gomes, or Cardona.
“This summer we prepare very quickly. The team is less, with 21 players, but it is more competitive,” Bartomeu said.
Regarding the purchase of Griezmann for $ 135 million, the Barca president revealed how to turn the money: “We borrowed $ 70 million. The rest is the money that other clubs pay when buying our players.”
Coach Sarri returned to the Juventus training ground
The treatment of pneumonia by coach Maurizio Sarri is progressing well.
Sarri returned to the Juventus training ground on September 4. He works with a group of players who don’t have to play for their national team. Most of the Juventus squad have returned to the team to play in the Euro qualifiers or friendlies.