Neymar not possible but we are in talks for Griezmann – Barca president

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Barca President Maria BartomeuMove for Neymar not possible but we are in talks for Griezmann – Barca president, Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Bartomeu despite admitting Neymar isn’t happy to play for PSG again has said his club’s efforts to re-sign the Brazilian has proven abortive, while revealing that talks to sign Antoine Griezmann has kicked off.

Neymar and Griezmann have been the Catalans’ top targets this summer, with little transfer activity elsewhere.

And though securing transfer of Frenkie de Jong, Emerson and Neto as the only new faces currently confirmed at Camp Nou,Blaugrana have put in efforts to land the Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid forwards.

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However,chances of recapturing the Brazil international they sold for a world-record fee in 2017 were heightened by reports he was unhappy at Parc des Princes and angling for a move.

But Bartomeu has now put off the idea, noting that if PSG are not willing to sell then Barca’s options are limited.

“We know that [Neymar] wants to leave PSG, we know that, but we also know PSG do not want him to go. There is no way,” he explained in Friday’s press conference, while pointing out that Ousmane Dembele is more than capable of playing on the left side of attack now the Brazilian has been ruled out.

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“Do we want him to come? We don’t talk about players from other teams, we have the maximum respect as an institution. There is nothing we can do.

“[Dembele] is a young talented player, different from the rest in the football world. He is already a football star, he has a future and we want him at Barca.”

The president also dismissed suggestions that Neymar was being courted at the behest of captain Lionel Messi, asserting that the Argentine had no influence on transfer policy.

“I heard that from the press, but Messi does not ask for players,” the Barca president stated.

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“He wants to play, he wants a good, competitive team, but the decisions are always down to club officials.”

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