Barcelona VP Jordi Cardoner Rules out Neymar Transfer from PSG

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2019

SHENZHEN, CHINA - AUGUST 02:  Neymar Jr of Paris Saint-Germain looks during the training session ahead of the French Trophy of Champions football match between Rennes and Paris Saint-Germain at Shenzhen Universiadg Sports Center stadium on August 2, 2019 in Shenzhen, China.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Jordi Cardoner, Barcelona's vice-president, has confirmed the club will not be signing Neymar in the current transfer window. 

Neymar has been linked with a return to the Camp Nou throughout the summer, with the Blaugrana said to be interested in landing the player they sold to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record £198 million fee two years ago.

Speaking to TV3 (h/t Marca), Cardoner said he knew Neymar wasn't content with life in the French capital, but Barcelona won't move to sign him.

"Neymar? He is not happy at his team, but that is a situation that has to be resolved in Paris," he said. "Today, at this time, we rule out that he can join [Barcelona]. If one day there is a Neymar case, we will talk."

Cardoner was also asked about the speculation linking midfielders Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic with possible departures before the transfer window closes.

"Just like we don't like talking about players who aren't at the club, we're not going to talk about [the futures] of players in this Barcelona side," he said. "They deserve our respect."

As La Senyera relayed, reports in the Catalan press had suggested Barcelona were going to try to sign Neymar on a loan deal:

La Senyera @LaSenyera

Barca might sign Neymar on loan with a purchase option for next season. [Albert Roge] https://t.co/RHiLdYv0dU

Sky Sports reported in July that Barcelona tried to convince PSG to sell Neymar by offering £90 million and a choice of two players. It's said they were ready to let the French club choose two from Rakitic, Coutinho, Nelson Semedo, Samuel Umtiti, Ousmane Dembele and Malcom, who has since joined Zenit Saint Petersburg.

However, at this stage it appears unlikely Neymar will make the move back to Barcelona. The Blaugrana have already added Antoine Griezmann to their attacking ranks, meaning they are unlikely to be short of firepower, with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez already in situ.

After PSG won the Trophee des Champions on Saturday, Kylian Mbappe appeared to jokingly shove Neymar out of the celebration photo:

Football on BT Sport @btsportfootball

"Mbappe has just thrown Neymar out of the picture..." "All in jest of course." 👀 Kylian Mbappe wasn't about to let Neymar in on the trophy celebrations without a bit of stick first 😂 https://t.co/BWrGhT8ihF

When he has been on the field for PSG, the 27-year-old has performed to a high standard. Before picking up an injury in February that ended his season, OptaJean put his goalscoring into context:

OptaJean @OptaJean

32 - Neymar 🇧🇷 has scored 32 goals in 33 games in Ligue 1 with Paris, becoming the fastest player to reach this tally in the French 🇫🇷 top-flight in the last 45 seasons. Monster. https://t.co/5mYzGfQwxY

With Mbappe shining as the team's key attacker last term, however, it will be intriguing to see where Neymar fits into the setup in 2019-20.

After a summer in which he's suffered with an injury, been disciplined by PSG for missing training and surrounded by transfer speculation, hitting the ground running at the start of the campaign may be a challenge, even for a man with Neymar's undoubted quality.