Former Barcelona director, Javier Bordas has claimed the Spanish club offered £100m plus Ivan Rakitic, Ousmane Dembele, and Jean-Clair Todibo in exchange for Neymar after they sold him to Paris Saint-Germain for £220m.
The Brazilian forward left the Nou Camp in 2017 to join Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record £220million deal, but the Brazilian has been heavily linked with a return to his former club.
The ex-Barca director Bordas has claimed a deal was close last year, with the club offering £100m plus Ivan Rakitic, Ousmane Dembele, and Jean-Clair Todibo in exchange but they were £18million away from re-signing Neymar in 2019.
‘We offered PSG €110m (£98.5m) plus Todibo, Rakitic, and the loan of Dembele,’ Bordas told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.
‘PSG wanted €130m (£116.5m) plus Todibo, Rakitic and Dembele on loan.
‘Neymar was €20m (£17.93m) away from coming back. Neymar’s father said that he would make up the difference but in the end that didn’t happen.’
Bordas also revealed that Barca tried to sign Kylian Mbappe in the summer of 2017.
‘We tried to bring in Mbappe and Dembele together. Mbappe was excited at the prospect of coming to Barca when Neymar left.’
This comes days after PSG sporting director Leonardo revealed that Neymar has started negotiations with the club over a new contract.