Neymar: Barcelona offered PSG £98m plus 3 stars including Dembele for Brazilian playmaker

Neymar: Barcelona offered PSG £98m plus 3 stars including Dembele for Brazilian playmaker

- Neymar left Barcelona in 2017 but the Catalan club is desperate in having the Brazilian star return

- The Spanish giants failed in their bid to land their former player last summer

- Barcelona reportedly offered a staggering £98million plus 3 stars including Dembele for Brazilian playmaker

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Barcelona saw Brazilian playmaker Neymar leave the club in a blockbuster transfer to French giants Paris Saint Germain in 2017 and since then, they have been doing everything to bring him back.

Jean-Clair Todibo, Ivan Rakitic as well as Ousmane Dembele were all offered to PSG by Barcelona last summer with the club adding the huge amount, but the deal still failed.

Former Barcelona director Javier Bordas has emerged with the details of why such a mouthwatering deal failed as he told Spanish outlet Cadena Cope, as cited in SunSport.

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"We offered PSG £98m plus Todibo, Rakitic and the loan of Dembele. PSG wanted £116.5m plus Todibo, Rakitic and Dembele on loan.
"Neymar was £18.5million away from coming back.
"Neymar's father said that he would make up the difference but in the end that didn't happen."
Neymar: Barcelona offered PSG £98m plus 3 stars including Dembele for Brazilian playmaker

Neymar desperate for a return to Barcelona. Photo: Xavier Laine
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A number of reports at the time discussed Todibo, Rakitic and Dembele as part of the deal, with varying cash offers said to be tagged onto the deal.

Dembele who was also targeted by Premier League club Manchester United could not see such deal go over the line until the summer transfer window closed.

The 23-year-old Frenchman appeared to have agreed to personal terms with the Red Devils having fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp.

He has made just one appearance under Ronald Koeman so far this campaign after coming on as a substitute for Ansu Fati in the 70th minute.

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Football transfer expert, Duncan Castles claimed the Old Trafford outfit were closed to sealing a deal for the player, but it failed.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Manchester City are intensifying their pursuit of Barcelona captain Lionel Messi after the club failed in their bid to sign the Argentine during the summer when he had a manic period at the Catalan club.

City are preparing to launch a bid for Messi to see him move to the Etihad Stadium during the January transfer window after missing out on the superstar earlier.

The Spanish giants have only the January transfer window to make good cash off the player by selling him; otherwise, he would leave for free at the end of the season.

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