Neymar could’ve made the return to Barcelona back in 2019, but the Catalans opted to sign Antoine Griezmann instead.
The Brazilian left the Nou Camp in a world record deal back in 2017 as he joined PSG.
Soon after his arrival though there were rumours of discontent as the Parisians tried to manage a star-studded dressing room.
There was speculation about Edinson Cavani being offer big bucks to let Neymar assume penalty taking duties among other things.
A return to Spain, but with Real Madrid, was soon touted.
Less than two years ago though and all of a sudden a Barcelona return was on the cards as a summer-long transfer saga drew on.
The Catalans were in the midst of over hauling their squad with the likes of Philippe Coutinho arriving for big money.
Eric Abidal reveals he travelled to Paris as they contemplated the signing of Neymar, but the acquisition of Griezmann put pay to that.
He told The 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 per cent 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.”
Neymar now appears settled in the French capital once again and came within 90 minutes of delivering the Champions League last season.
PSG dumped the Barcelona out of this season’s competition.
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The Brazilian, following years of exit rumours, is now closing in on a new deal in Paris.
It would tie him down until 2026 and include a huge bonus should he lead them to European glory.
Neymar’s allegiances were certainly not in doubt as he cheered PSG on when they beat Barcelona 5-2 on aggregate recently.
His legacy in Paris hinges on Champions League success as he targets the Ballon d’Or he so craves.