Barcelona president: 'We know that Neymar wants to leave PSG'

Barcelona Semedo Griezmann

Neymar has moved from Barcelona tp PSG in the summer of 2017 for € 222 million.

Atletico said they felt the "strongest disapproval" of those they allege to have been involved, claiming talks between Barca and Griezmann took place at a delicate stage of the season and in violation of transfer rules.

"Regarding president Bartomeu's statement today we wish to state that it is true that yesterday there was a meeting between Miguel Angel Gil and FC Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau, at Barcelona's request and that at that meeting, Mr. Grau expressed his intention, once the release clause of Antoine Griezmann's contract had decreased from 200 to 120 million euros, to ask for a deferred payment of the aforementioned amount of the clause in force as from July 1".

The 27-year-old left Barcelona to step out of Lionel Messi's shadow, but he now finds himself locked in the shade of France's most prodigious talent, Kylian Mbappe.

"There is an interest, that's why we got together".

Asked if Barça would re-sign him given the chance, the president said that he will not speak about players from other clubs. During the last season, he scored 28 goals, made 13 goal assists in 28 appearances.

Barcelona won their second straight La Liga title last season but are looking to reinforce their squad after failing again in their bid for a first Champions League triumph since 2015 - suffering a humiliating loss to Liverpool in the semi-finals having won the first leg 3-0.

The Brazilian is believed to be keen on a return to the Nou Camp, just two years after leaving in world-record transfer.

"We know Neymar wants to leave PSG but we know that PSG do not want Neymar to leave".

The French World Cup victor has already confirmed he will leave Atletico this summer, and while the president believes negotiations will be tricky, he confirmed that the Madrid club have been contacted over a sale.

Griezmann has scored 94 La Liga goals in 180 games for Atletico and is widely expected to move to the Spanish champions.

"We know that Neymar wants to leave PSG but we also know that PSG don't want him to go, so there is no case for signing him", Bartomeu told a news conference on Friday.

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