Neymar Barcelona transfer plot based on request from key man
There was a belief that a potential return for the Brazilian was a decision taken by the powers above Valverde.
But Barcelona‘s CEO, Oscar Grau, has revealed that Valverde was particularly keen on the 27-year-old which is why they placed so much emphasis on trying to sign the wantaway star.
“Neymar was a request from the coaching stuff and the manager,” he said at a new conference.
They manufactured two different offers in an attempt to appease PSG’s needs, but Grau admits he wasn’t sure the French champions were genuine in their attempts to sell.
He added: “The club did everything in our power to bring Neymar but in a sustainable way. We offered different alternatives to PSG but they rejected all.
“One including players and one without players but in a sustainable way, but the feeling is that the PSG never wanted to sell him.”
Neymar moved to Paris for €222m (£198m) two years ago, but has never looked settled and seeking an exit has further distanced himself from the club’s fans.
The Brazilian returned to the starting XI last weekend, but was booed and jeered throughout at the Parc des Princes.
In fitting fashion he scored a last-minute winner with a wonder strike, but even that couldn’t prompt the home fans to cheer the forward.