Neymar Sr has denied reports claiming that he has travelled to Spain to negotiate contract talks over his son’s potential return to Camp Nou from Paris Saint-Germain as reported by ‘Sport‘.
The Brazilian international. has rarely been out of transfer speculation ever since completing a controversial €222m switch to PSG in the summer of 2017, with the ambitious and moneybag French side ripping him away from Barcelona by triggering what had been thought of as a prohibitive buyout clause in the history of the beautiful game.
Rumours emanating over what would be a surprise return to Barcelona has considerably accelerated in recent weeks following a second disappointing and injury hit season at the Park de Princes.
The Ligue 1 champion has alleged this week that Neymar is ‘determined to leave PSG’ and that there have been ‘multiple meetings‘ to try and reach a satisfactory solution.
The report also claims that the player’s reasons for wanting to quit the club he once forced a move for are threefold. Firstly, it is said he has failed to settle in Paris; secondly, injuries have affected his morale; and thirdly, recent rape allegations have made Paris an even more difficult place for Neymar.
Esporte Interativo a sport outlet in Brazil is responsible for claiming that Neymar father has already arrived in Barcelona to meet famous transfer broker Andre Cury.
The rumours looked to carry weight as it was the work of Brazilian journalist Marcelo Bechler, the same person who first broke the news of Neymar agreeing personal terms with PSG back in 2017.
Speaking to El Partizado de COPE, Bechler followed up his latest story by declaring,
“Neymar will play for Barça because he and the club want it, and PSG wants to get rid of a problem…in recent months he has worked to dynamite the club and not have to go back to Paris.”
However, there is a problem after Neymar father personally denied being in Barcelona for talks and appeared to confirm that his son will be returning to Paris ahead of the new season.
“[Transfer talks are] not planned. I am in Brazil and I will stay there until my son returns to Paris,”
He is quoted as saying after an interview with Fox Sports in his homeland.
Barcelona’s interest in re-signing Neymar is also the subject of much debate. Media reports have painted the club as ready to strike a deal if the complicated details will allow it, but Camp Nou vice-president Jordi Cardoner stated last week it is not even being thought about.
Cardoner appeared to suggest there is still an ill feeling from the club over the way Neymar’s rather acrimonious 2017 exit ultimately transpired.
It’s correct that Neymar wants to return to Barcelona. But Barcelona aren’t thinking about signing Neymar. This subject isn’t up for discussion,” the senior club official said.
“There are many things that we didn’t like about his departure, many things to resolve. You have to move on. People are saying we’ve signed Neymar; we haven’t signed anyone. We haven’t kept in contact with him. He and lots of other players want to play for Barcelona.”