Former Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal revealed that he was close to signing Neymar back to Camp Nou in 2019, but the club’s board opted for Antoine Griezmann instead.
The Brazilian striker had been linked with a move back toBarcelona
for some time but the Spanish side failed to convinceParis Saint-Germain
to let their superstar leave.
In the end, Barcelona went forAtletico Madrid
claims that the Frenchman’s signing hindered
Former Barca defender Abidal toldThe Telegraph
: “Ten days before the end of the transfer window, I went to Paris to talk with Leonardo [PSG’s sporting director] and I was with my CEO, and we were talking about Neymar.
“I think if the CEO goes to Paris Saint-Germain, it’s because we can sign him. If we didn't sign Griezmann before, I think 100 percent we could have re-signed Neymar because what we needed was a winger and when Neymar was in Barcelona he was amazing.
“This is not about which player is better, it was what I thought was the position we needed at the time. The team needed a real winger. The president decided to sign Griezmann.
“One of the arguments against Neymar was that he had a court case against the club, so it’s not easy. They said he would have to stop the court process if he wanted to come back. That wasn’t my problem because I was not at the club when that dispute happened. In my view, I could sign the player, but it didn’t happen.”