June 17, 2019, Nasser opens the breach
"I do not want to see stars anymoreIn an interview with France Football, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi annoys the attitude of some of his players and aims without naming Neymar, left in Brazil a few days earlier without the permission of his coach.
The players "will have to do more, work more", insists the Parisian leader, who ensures that"doors are open"for those who do not abide by these principles.
June 27, "Neymar wants to come back"in Barça
Three days before the opening of the Spanish transfer window, Barça Vice President Jordi Cardoner says "Neymar wants to return to Barça", without confirming the reciprocal interest of the club for the player left Catalonia in 2017.
July 8, absence and anger
July 8, the PSG makes his recovery Camp des Loges … without Neymar, remained in Brazil to honor "commercial and institutional commitments".
The club publishes an icy release: "Paris Saint-Germain deplores this situation and will take the appropriate measures that flow from it".
July 13, the ghost of the "remontada"
Maladdress or provocation? The rupture is gaining momentum, when in an interview given in Brazil, Neymar evokes the "remontada"Barça face PSG, in the knockout stages of the Champions League in 2017, as one of the best memories of his career.An affront to the club and its supporters.
If he flies for the PSG tour in China in late July, the Brazilian is not playing a friendly match all summer.
August 11, 2019, insults in the stands
A first bannerNeymar break up", then abusive songs invoking his mother: Collectif Ultras Paris (CUP) clearly shows his hostility towards the Brazilian, August 11 at the reception of Nimes at the Parc des Princes, while the striker is removed from the group while waiting that his future is settled The divorce seems consummated.
August 13, 2019, first meeting with Barça
Six weeks after the beginning of the show, a first meeting between the two clubs takes place in Paris on August 13th.
Led by Barcelona sports director Eric Abidal and his Paris counterpart Leonardo, the discussions involve a transaction involving players like Philippe Coutinho or Ivan Rakitic, but the PSG, which intends to recover the equivalent of its initial stake (222 million euros) ), calls for liquidity that Barça does not have.
August 27, 2019, the Dembélé factor
The leaders meet in Paris for a new meeting two weeks after the previous meeting, hoping to reach an agreement.
With a higher cash amount but payable in two installments, plus one or more players, club positions are getting closer. Problem: everyone agrees on the inclusion of Ousmane Dembele in the deal, except … the main interested, who categorically refuses to leave Catalonia.
August 30, 2019, all for that
After announcing his participation in the series La Casa de papel, Neymar gives himself the final clap of his summer soap opera, 48 hours after the closing of the transfer window. Before the blocking of the negotiations the Brazilian finally gives up to leave. An epilogue with an unfinished taste for all parties.