Barcelona players offered wage change to fund Neymar return – Pique

Gerard Pique has revealed Barcelona stars offered to restructure their wages to fund a summer move for Neymar.

The Brazilian star has been heavily linked with a return to Barcelona this summer as an exit from the French capital had appeared to be looking increasingly likely.

“We didn't stump up money. What we said to the president was whether we could change our contracts because we knew there was a Financial Fair Play issue…so we said to the president, rather than earn something in year one, we could earn it in year two or three or four,” Pique told Cadena Ser, as cited by Diario AS.

“At the end of the day we want to go along with what the club is doing and if we can help the club, in this case avoiding a financial fair problem, we've got no problem in doing that.

“Rather than reducing our salary it was about finding a formula so that if the club wanted to sign Neymar they could. At the time they thought it was a good idea, but then other problems cropped up.

“His move to PSG? We told him he was going to a golden prison, but in football anything can happen.”

The former Santos forward left the Camp Nou for Paris in the summer of 2017 for a world record €222m fee, but reports continue to suggest he may be open to a departure from the Parisians.

Neymar has continually been linked with a return to Spain since his departure with the Catalan giants and Rela Madrid said to be keen on a future transfer.

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