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An end to the saga - Why Neymar will NOT be joining Barcelona this summer

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PSG (opens in new tab) forward Neymar will not be re-joining Barcelona (opens in new tab) this summer, report ESPN (opens in new tab).

The La Liga champions have been heavily linked with a move for their former forward since the end of last season.

However, Ernesto Valverde's side have now given up their pursuit of the Brazil international ahead of Monday's European transfer deadline.

Barcelona were keen to bring the 27-year-old back to the Camp Nou but ultimately concluded that they could not put the club's financial health at risk.

The Catalans had been working on a players-plus-cash proposal, but PSG insisted they wanted to recoup the £198m they paid for Neymar in 2017.

However, Barcelona have not ruled out returning with another offer next summer.

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Greg Lea
Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).