Neymar’s proposed return to Barcelona has essentially been ruled out by club president Josep Bartomeu, who says the transfer market will be negatively impacted by the coronavirus crisis.
Barca lured Neymar to Camp Nou from Santos in 2013 and he went on to help the club win eight major trophies, including two La Liga titles and the Champions League.
The 28-year-old scored 105 goals in 186 appearances for the Blaugrana in total, while forming a deadly attacking trinity alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
The 57-year-old told RAC 1:
“Such an operation is unlikely because the situation of all the clubs in Europe is very difficult.”
Bartomeu went on to address the criticism Barca have faced for selling Arthur Melo to Juventus in exchange for Miralem Pjanic, insisting the Bosnian midfielder had long been on the club’s radar.
“Pjanic is a player who has wanted to sign for us for a long time. He was highly sought after and there was a Barca player who wanted Juve. But it is an exceptional situation.
“It is not to balance finances because we would have sold other players for whom we had offers. Arthur is a player who is highly valued.”