Barcelona Club Chief Confirms Talks with Neymar Prior to Al-Hilal Move

Paris Saint-Germain moved off Neymar Jr. this past summer transfer window. The capital club eventually sent the Brazilian to Al-Hilal for a reported €90 million. However, the Saudi Arabian side wasn’t the only exit link that the veteran had.

Rumors about a possible return to FC Barcelona were circulating. However, that move never materialized. In an interview with Brazilian media outlet Lance! (h/t Le10Sport), the Spanish club’s sporting director, Deco, spoke about how close Neymar was to a Camp Nou return this summer.

“There were conversations with his representative,” Deco stated in the interview. “But the truth is that it never presented itself in any real way. We had Financial Fair Play, which conditioned a lot, but it was never concrete for Neymar.”

This week, Neymar is in the news after the former Paris Saint-Germain player suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee during a FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Uruguay on Tuesday. 

Neymar is scheduled for surgery, but the date hasn’t yet been confirmed. While there’s no timetable for his return to the pitch, reports suggest Neymar will be out for eight months.

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