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Neymar was so desperate to join Barcelona that he offered to pay part of the transfer fee himself


Neymar was so keen to leave PSG (opens in new tab) for Barcelona (opens in new tab) this summer that he offered to help finance the deal.

The Brazil international will not be leaving the Parc des Princes ahead of the European transfer deadline on Monday.

Barcelona and Real Madrid (opens in new tab) were both heavily linked with the forward, but neither was able to meet PSG's asking price.

The French giants refused to lower their demands despite Neymar's desire to leave the club he joined for a world-record fee of £198m in 2017.

And according to Sky Sports (opens in new tab), the Brazilian was so desperate to re-join Barcelona that he offered to contribute £17.7m towards the deal.

However, despite failing to secure a return to La Liga, Neymar is said to be committed to PSG for the season ahead.


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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).