"Today, there is no agreement. I do not know (if there will be an agreement before Monday night, Ed). It depends on Barcelona. We were open to talk. (…) We always said that he could leave if a proposal that satisfies us arrives. This is not the case"said the Brazilian leader.
"Our position has always been clear. They always knew what we wanted. The first time we had a written proposal from Barcelona was August 27th. We were open to talk to other players to do the operation. But we never had a written agreement on our terms", has followed "Leo"in a rare speech after the victory in Metz (2-0).
The serial of the transfer of "Ney"the most expensive player in history bought EUR 222 million by the PSG in 2017, has kept the football world in suspense for months.If he announced his intention to return to Catalonia, the Brazilian is still in stand-by in the capital, waiting for a deal between the two clubs.
"This relationship (between PSG and Neymar, Ed) today, is not the most quiet relationship that exists. We opened the possibility of his departure only to our conditions, which never arrivedLeonardo explained.
The press on both sides of the Pyrenees talked about meetings between the leaders of Barcelona and Paris, but also their stumbling blocks, particularly on the players who could serve as bargaining chips.
"The truth is that there is no club that has the money to buy it (Neymar, Ed). The condition of his departure is always linked to that of finding him a substitute, and perhaps other players to complete the amount required. We were open to that", clarified the leader.
One of the challenges of the negotiations would be to convince Barça winger Ousmane Dembele to want to return to France, but the world champion would be reluctant to leave Spain.
"Compared to Dembélé, he knew he had to leave on the 27th. It's more complicated. We do not have a no or a yes. There are public reactions, but we did not agree with Barcelona whether the player agreed or not. If the club does not agree, why talk with the players who are included in the negotiation?"he swept away.
Leonardo, who confirmed that Barcelona was the only candidate for Neymar, added that no meeting "was not planned"This weekend, without ensuring that the brilliant N.10 will still be at the club for the resumption of Ligue 1 September 14 against Strasbourg.The telenovela of the summer is not over yet …