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I don't know if we'll try to sign Neymar again next summer - Barcelona CEO

18:52 GMT+3 19/09/2019
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The forward was the subject of a major pursuit from his former club during the off-season, but they are unsure as to whether they will chase him again

Barcelona may elect to not continue their pursuit of Neymar next summer despite their lengthy attempts to bring the Brazil international back to Camp Nou ahead of the current campaign, CEO Oscar Grau has revealed.

The Blaugrana spent much of the off-season seeking a deal to see them reunited with the striker who left for Paris Saint-Germain two years ago in a world-record deal that made him the most expensive player in the history of the sport.

However, despite the 27-year-old strongly professing a desire to exit the French capital, the Ligue 1 club rebuffed all offers for his signature, with Barca's rivals Real Madrid and Serie A heavyweights Juventus also thought to have been in the hunt.

Speaking at his club's media conference called to announce that they were expecting a record turnover in excess of €1 billion (£890 million/$1.1bn) for the 2019-20 campaign, Grau admitted that Barca attempted several efforts to bring the forward back to Spain.

However, he further added that he was currently in the dark as to whether, having failed in their pursuit, the club would pick up the chase once again during next year's end-of-season transfer window.

"Neymar was a sports area request and the club did everything in order to get him, albeit in a financially sustainable way," Grau stated.

"We made many proposals to PSG. They always rejected them. I don't know if we are going to target him again next summer. Planning for next season will be done in the future.

"We would have been delighted to have the chance to bring Neymar back, but the terms always had to be reasonable.

"If some parameters had been accomplished, it would have been possible, but PSG were not happy about losing him."

Having made his long-awaited return from injury earlier this month - during which he was roundly booed by his own supporters before snatching an added time winner with a bicycle kick against Strasbourg - Neymar sat out this week's Champions League opener through suspension.

PSG routed Madrid 3-0 to announce their own genuine European credentials, having failed to impress beyond the group stages since the striker's arrival.