Javier Bordas, former director of FC Barcelona, made confidences this Sunday about the aborted return of the PSG striker Neymar in 2019, and he also explained, the failure of the Blaugrana on the Kylian Mbappé Cup in 2019, which will be the first time that a player has made a comeback. And in passing, he also recounted the failure of the Blaugrana on the Kylian Mbappé file in 2017.
It’s no more a secret that FC.Barca, made a serious effort during the 2019 summer mercato, to bring back the striker Neymar, who left for PSG in 2017, in a transfer estimated at 222 million euros.Former director of Blaugrana, Javier Bordas gave his truths concerning this dossier during an interview given to the Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo this Sunday.
Neymar case seemed to be easy going
And unsurprisingly, the ex-Barça manager really thought he could get the Brazilian international back. “If it was serious about Neymar’s return? Yes, yes, really serious. I personally made the move and we really wanted him back, we tried in every way we could. We were very close,” confirmed Bordas.
“The PSG made us an offer when they never accepted anything for Verratti, Marquinhos or Thiago Silva? It’s not a club that sells its players. We were so close that Neymar thought he would come back, I thought so too. There was still a difference compared to the money his father had asked for, but above all the clubs didn’t manage to reach an agreement to complete the operation,” he regretted. And now, Neymar, more fulfilled in Paris, no longer seems to be looking forward to returning to Barcelona.
How Barça missed Kylian Mbappé ?
And during this interview, Bordas made a revelation: to replace Neymar in 2017, Barça had the opportunity to hire Kylian Mbappé! Before leaving AS Monaco for PSG, the French international was proposed to the reigning Spanish vice-champion. “An attempt for Mbappé? Yes, when we decided to sign Dembélé, Minguella called me to tell me that Mbappé was possible. I talked to Bartomeu about it and he told me to look into it. I spoke to his father and he explained that his son wasn’t going to Madrid because of Cristiano, Benzema and Bale, but Barça was a possibility with Neymar’s departure”, Bordas said.
“The president of Monaco preferred to sell him to Barça so as not to strengthen the PSG, a direct rival. For 100 million euros, the deal was possible. But Robert Fernandez preferred Dembélé, with the support of Pep Segura. The explanation? Mbappé played for him, Dembélé for the team. And with the departure of a winger like Neymar, Robert preferred a winger more than a finisher”, he said. Barça may have regrets.