Barcelona did everything in its power to satisfy Ernesto Valverde's requests for Neymar, but the Catalan club was unable to complete the move as PSG rejected all their offers, said Oscar Grau .
Valverde's team was connected to Neymar from the start of the summer transfer window after it emerged that the Brazilian wanted to leave the Ligue 1 team only two years after joining them from Barcelona with a 222 million deal EUR.
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The Catalans were ready to bring him back to the Nou camp. Grau even traveled to Paris with sporting director Eric Abidal and manager Javier Bordas to discuss an agreement with PSG sports director Leonardo. But Neymar eventually stayed at the Parc des Princes.
Grau said Thursday that the Brazilian was a special request from Valverde but were unable to meet his demands as they believe that PSG did not really want to separate from the 27-year-old striker.
"Neymar was a request from the technical staff and the manager. The club did everything possible to bring Neymar but in a sustainable way. We offered several alternatives to PSG but they rejected everything," Grau said during a press conference for present the club audit for the 2018-2019 campaign.
"We made a very strong bet to sign Neymar. The club did everything possible to bring Neymar with two offers, one including players and one without players but sustainably, but the feeling is that PSG never wanted to sell it. Grau also confirmed that Barcelona tried to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax to strengthen their bottom line, but the Dutch central defender snubbed them to move instead to Juventus to earn more money.
"We did an offer, but preferred to go to Juventus where he got a better net salary due to Italian taxation," said Grau.
Meanwhile, the club's chief executive also stated that he had no intention of making additions during the January transfer window following an intense summer in which they spent more than € 200 million on Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong, Junior Firpo and Neto
"We have no plans to sign a player in January," Grau added before suggesting that they would study the possibility if necessary.
Barcelona published the fiscal year report at a press conference on Thursday, claiming a record profit of € 990 million ($ 1.089 billion). The club has set a target for the 2019-2020 season at € 1.047 billion ($ 1.152 billion), which would mean exceeding € 1 billion barrier a year earlier than expected.
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