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Neymar Transfer Rumours: Barcelona Reject PSG Demands in Bid for Camp Nou Return

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 30, 2019

PRAIA GRANDE,  BRAZIL - JULY 13: Neymar Jr looks on at Neymar Jr's Five World Final in Praia Grande, Brazil on July 13, 2019. (Photo by Christian Pondella/Getty Images)
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Neymar's potential return to the Camp Nou has reportedly hit a major obstacle after Barcelona rebuffed Paris Saint-Germain's proposal that would allow them to buy back their former star.

ESPN FC reported Barcelona were not willing to meet PSG's valuation of the player: €130 million (£117.7 million) and three players.

That deal would see midfielder Ivan Rakitic and defender Jean-Clair Todibo move to PSG permanently, while Ousmane Dembele would join on a season-long loan.

It's believed Barca are still willing to negotiate Neymar's return, though they expect PSG to lower their demands before they return to the table.

Santi Gimenez of AS wrote the Blaugrana are "close to giving up" on a deal following a week of negotiations between the two clubs with little progress.

Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague noted none of the players touted as makeweights wanted to leave the Camp Nou for Paris:

Guillem Balague @GuillemBalague

FCB "practically out of a deal for Neymar" Which means FCB won't pay in cash the agreed valuation of over €200 (could even be €215m) FCB want players in the deal but nobody seems to want to go to PSG FCB would like a cheaper cash deal despite agreement #veryverydifficult https://t.co/XoHdCHxFtK

Sky Sports reported in July that Neymar had informed PSG of his intention to leave the Parc des Princes, which is sure to be a large factor in the club's willingness to discuss a deal.

Barcelona have already signed Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid this summer after triggering his €120 million release clause, while Frenkie de Jong's move from Ajax cost another €75 million.

It's understandable if the Catalan club's transfer resources were running low following those transfers, making a deal of Neymar's magnitude all the more difficult to pull off.

Reporter Robbie Dunne said the Brazilian would be of little use in Paris if this move didn't materialise given the manner in which events have unfolded:

Robbie Dunne @robbiejdunne

Neymar is going to be worthless to PSG if he doesn't move now. Tuchel hardly trusts him and he's going to be really, really annoyed that they didn't facilitate it.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi addressed the situation in June and said "nobody forced [Neymar] to sign here," which appeared to suggest only committed players were wanted at the club.

The Brazil international has been a force to be reckoned with during his two years in France, but off-field tensions and an apparent lack of desire to remain in Ligue 1 have affected his image.

Barcelona don't appear willing to chase PSG for the superstar any longer, however, meaning a Catalonia comeback is back off the table unless the French champions accept a lower offer.