Monday, 5 February 2018

Barca VP: Blame Neymar For Inflated Transfer Fees

Neymar's behaviour during his switch to Paris St-Germain is the reason for football's inflated transfer fees, according to Barcelona's vice-president.
Jordi Mestre said the Brazil forward, 25, played "cat and mouse" with the club before his exit in August.

PSG paid 220m euros (N98bn) for Neymar, making him the most expensive player in history.
"We would have saved a lot of money and a lot of media noise," said Mestre.

"What hurt me the most was the way it happened."
Neymar signed a new five-year deal at Barcelona in July 2016, which included a 8.5m euro (3.8 billion naira) renewal bonus.
Mestre said: "If he came to us and said, 'I want to go', we would have reached an agreement. What you can't do is rock the boat.

"He told us nothing. If he had done, PSG would have been able to buy him for less money and it would have cost us less to sign players too." 
Neymar said at the time of his move that he had "followed his heart".
"The decision was difficult to take," he said.

"I didn't come for the money. I came for the motivation and the challenge."

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