Bartomeu Rules Out Barca Move for Neymar in January

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the La Liga champions won’t be making a renewed move for Neymar in the January transfer window, despite doing “everything possible” to sign him.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward was a target for Barca throughout the summer but, despite weeks of speculation, didn’t get his desired move.

“Neymar can’t join Barca in January, and the Barca dressing room doesn’t decide anything,” Bartomeu told Barca TV.

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“We did everything possible to sign Neymar. We didn’t offer any specific player in exchange. We did talk about exchanges but all the names were given by PSG.

“Without an exchange of players, the offer was to loan Neymar for a year with a mandatory purchase option at the end of the season.

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“I know other clubs were also negotiating with PSG. At one point during the negotiations, Neymar asked PSG to only negotiate with Barca. He decided only to join Barca.”

He also dismissed claims that the team hadn’t wanted the club to sign Antoine Griezmann, but admitted that defender Matthijs de Ligt had turned the club down before signing for Juventus.

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