Barcelona’s technical secretary, Javier Bordas, has disclosed that the club are closer to agreeing a deal with Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar. But he also said there is no agreement yet, and that negotiation are still ongoing.
Reports say the two clubs have agreed on a fee for the Brazilian’s return to Camp Nou, but other terms of the deal are yet to be ironed out.
The club’s chief executive officer, Oscar Grau, sporting director, Eric Abidal, Bordas and Brazilian scout, Andre Cury, all traveled to Paris for negotiations on Tuesday.
The Mirror reports that the contingent met with PSG president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi and sporting director, Leonardo.
It said the club’s executives expressed confidence of Neymar’s return to the club upon arrival in France.
“We don’t have an agreement yet. We are still talking but we are closer,” Bordas told waiting journalists, with the European transfer window set to close on September 2.
Le Parisien stated that Barca chiefs made an initial offer to take Neymar on loan for the season, with an obligation to buy for £154 million with Ousmane Dembele for the 2019/20 campaign.
The proposal was allegedly rejected, before the La Liga champions reverted back to the initial plan to take him back on a permanent deal.
Barcelona are said to be cautious, as they seek to work within the framework of Financial Fair Play.
They have spent over £210 million on Frenkie de Jong, Junior Firpo, Neto and Antoine Griezmann this summer, while Sport claimed the club’s finances are so bad that they wanted to avoid paying anything until July 2020.
ESPN also claimed that the Catalans’ second proposal was to pay £36 million up front, with £59 million in 2020, and another £59 million in 2021. It was again said to be rejected by the Paris giants, who insisted on full payment this summer.
Report in France say both sides have now finally settled for £154 million fee, but what player should be part of the deal is said to be part of what is delaying negotiations.