However, that summer, Barcelona had already wrapped up a €120m deal to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, making Neymar’s move difficult.
Cury still believes there is a chance that Neymar will be able to return to Barca
Andre Cury, a former Barcelona technical secretary and former Neymar agent, revealed how close the Paris Saint-Germain forward was to re-joining the club in summer 2019. However, that summer, Barcelona had already wrapped up a €120m deal to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, making Neymar’s move difficult. Cury still believes there is a chance that Neymar will be able to return to Barcelona, which could, in turn, lead to Lionel Messi wanting to stay. “Neymar still has five to six years of an outstanding career,” Cury said in an interview. “Messi would surely have stayed at Barcelona to relive the magical moments they had together.”
Barcelona were very close to signing Vinicius Junior
“That summer of 2019, the Blaugrana were very close to getting Neymar back to Barcelona. But as Griezmann signed, the club was already up to its neck financially. PSG asked us for €150 million, plus the transfer of Ivan Rakitic and Jean-Claire Todibo and Ousmane Dembele’s loan. The only difference is that Barca’s representatives offered €130 million instead of €150 million”. The former Barcelona scout also revealed how close the Blaugrana came to sign Vinicius Junior before moving to Real Madrid. “With him, we were three and a half years ahead of Real Madrid,” said Cury. “We were betrayed by his agents who reached a compromise with Barcelona. At the key point in the deal, they stabbed us.”
“A fortnight before signing for Real Madrid, here in Brazil, Vinicius said that he was a fan of Barcelona. His idol was Neymar, and that Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo. Then he said everything he wanted when he was already in Madrid”. Cury explained that Real Madrid representatives went to visit Vinicius, which ultimately changed everything. “His agents told us they would come, but nothing would happen because the player had already agreed to join Barcelona. There was a verbal commitment. The agents returned to Barcelona, closed the final agreement with us, shook hands. And then they disappeared and betrayed us.”