“Yes, yes, we were serious [about signing Neymar]. I went personally [to Paris] and we really wanted him to come, we tried in every possible way. We were very close. We got PSG to make us an offer when they never accepted anything for Verratti, or Marquinhos, or Thiago Silva. They are not a selling club,” former Barcelona director Javier Bordas said to Mundo Deportivo.

“We were so close that Neymar thought he was coming, me too, he was close. There was a difference in money and his father would pay it but the clubs did not agree when closing the operation. But we were very close to bringing him, it was our idea, he added.

Neymar was close to making a return to Camp Nou but the chase ended up futile.

There have been reports that some of the presidential candidates at Barca have made contact the Brazilian over a potential move but France-based outlets claim that the Brazilian is already in talks with PSG over a contract extension.

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