Late hold up on Neymar’s €200m return to Barcelona revealed

Date published: Thursday 29th August 2019 4:38 - Matthew Briggs

Neymar’s €200m return to Barcelona is understood to be close to being agreed after intense negotiations between the two clubs.

Sky in Italy report that the forward is now set to sign off on the agreement after an agreement was reached between the clubs.

The Brazil forward is now set to put his signature on the contract once he arrives in Barcelona with Monday’s European transfer deadline closing in.

The report claims the agreement was reached on the basis of cash, Ivan Rakitic and Jean-Clair Todibo, but they claim that Ousmane Dembele has not yet given the deal the green light.

This morning El Mundo Deportivo reported that the Catalan giants offered the permanent transfers of Rakitic and Todibo, plus a one-year loan deal for Dembele alongside €130m.

Dembele though is not keen on the move and GloboEsporte support that suggestion, saying that the 22-year-old is digging his heels in at Camp Nou.

ESPN claim “there is still no agreement” between the clubs with Barcelona unable to pay the €170m up front payment demanded by PSG.

Any prospective deal for Neymar does appear to be getting closer with Dembele’s inclusion now they key factor as Barca try and get a deal done before September 2.

The 27-year-old, who scored more than 100 goals for Barca, has been continually been linked with a return to Spain since his departure for €222m to PSG in the summer of 2017.

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