PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN were ready to let Neymar leave if a club matched their £273million valuation, according to reports.
The Brazilian has been linked with a move to Barcelona and Real Madrid in one of the biggest transfer sagas of the summer.
Neymar had even handed in a transfer request and Barca quickly became front-runners for his signature. Having already landed the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong, the Catalan side were wary about Financial Fair Play restrictions.
Barca launched one final offer worth £236m that included £182m in cash, Ivan Rakitic, Jean-Clair Todibo and Ousmane Dembele on a season-long loan.
It was turned down and it resulted in Neymar committing to PSG for the rest of the season at least. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi met with the team to discuss Neymar’s future in which he said: “Neymar can leave, but only if the offer is huge: €300m (£273m),” according to Sport.
It was claimed that club chiefs met on August 13 to try and push through a deal but Barca “arrived virtually with their hands empty.”
PSG knew what Barcelona could offer and effectively priced them out of a move.
It was added: “PSG knew for a long time that Barça didn’t have enough money.