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Saturday September 7 2019
"Neymar will not come in January," says Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu

Brazillian striker Neymar won't be coming to the Camp Nou in January, write Mundo Deportivo.

The club's television channel, Barça TV, conducted an interview with the Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu about the now unsuccesful bid to bring Neymar back to the Camp Nou.

The President was clear about the club's investigation into signing the Brazilian superstar, explaining: "As the planning and signing of all the players to the squad was done, the interest towards Neymar was an added bonus when the Sporting Director of Paris Saint Germain Leonardo opened the doors to the player's negotiation.

"Between the 10th and the 15th July, all our dealings were complete. We had a clear transfer strategy and then an extra strategy, which was Neymar. 

"After that period, Leornardo opened up the possibility to sign him and Barcelona were one of the clubs interested in the deal.

"From then onwards, we did all possible to sign the player, but the negotiations didn't end as we would have hoped because we couldn't agree with what PSG demanded.

"Neymar was a sporting decision between the board and whenever a top player like him is available, we have to be in the market, in spite of it being an extra negotiation.

"We did everything possible to sign him this summer."

For now, the Neymar saga remains closed as Bartomeu discarded the possibility of rekindling the deal in the next transfer window: 

"The deal for Neymar is not in our plans, for now.

"In January, February time, we will return to discuss the future planning of the Barcelona playing staff."

Football Italia website