Transfer: PSG director confirms talks with Barcelona over Neymar deal
Written by darling on July 9, 2019
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director, Leonardo, has said Neymar will be allowed to leave the club, but says there have been no offer on the table from Barcelona despite “superficial” talks.
Neymar’s future at PSG has been in doubt this summer amid reports he wants to return to his former side Barcelona, while Real Madrid have also been linked.
Leonardo has now revealed that the French champions are willing to let him leave, if a club matches their asking price.
“Neymar can leave PSG, if there is an offer that suits everyone.
“But to date, we do not know if anyone wants to buy him or at what price. All this is not done in a day, that’s for sure.
“It’s clear to everyone [that Neymar wants to leave], but in football, you say one thing today and tomorrow another. It’s amazing but it’s like that.
“We talked with his entourage too. Everyone knows everything. The position is clear for all participants. But one thing is concrete today: he still has three years of contract with us and since we have not received an offer, we cannot discuss anything,” Leonardo told Le Parisien.
He added: “PSG wants to rely on players who want to stay and build something big. We do not need players who would do a favour for the club by staying here.
“We have not received any offers. But we had, it’s true, very superficial contacts [with Barcelona]. They said they wanted to buy but we were not sellers.
“[Bartomeu] is the one saying it, but we did not see that Barcelona was really in a buyer position.”