New Barcelona Director reveals reason for failed Neymar pursuit

The new Barcelona sporting director, Deco, has shed light on the club’s decision not to pursue the return of Neymar this summer, citing the club’s challenging financial situation as the primary obstacle.

Neymar’s recent move to Saudi Pro League side Al Hilal for a staggering €90 million (£77.6 million) fee, accompanied by an eye-watering weekly wage of £2.5 million for a two-year deal, has garnered attention across the football world.


Earlier in the summer transfer window, rumors had circulated about Barcelona’s potential interest in bringing the Brazilian back to the club. However, despite the offer being presented by Paris Saint-Germain and Neymar’s representatives, manager Xavi Hernandez dismissed the notion, stating in June that Neymar was “not in our plan.”

Deco’s Insights into FC Barcelona Decision

Deco, now at the helm of the club’s sporting decisions, has provided insights into the reasoning behind Barcelona’s decision. He revealed to Globo Esporte that the financial constraints were the determining factor in not pursuing Neymar’s return.

“With our financial situation, it was impossible to make such a signing,” Deco explained. He further emphasized that for any potential transfer to materialize, there needed to be an understanding with PSG or a resolution with Al Hilal. Unfortunately, neither scenario transpired.

The club’s economic viability was central to their approach. While the allure of having Neymar back was undoubtedly strong, it was essential for any move to align with the club’s financial standing.

Neymar Jr’s FC Barcelona Legacy

Neymar’s association with Barcelona holds an illustrious history. During his initial stint at the club, he delivered exceptional performances, netting 105 goals in 186 appearances and contributing significantly to the club’s famous treble win in 2015.

However, Barcelona’s recent financial challenges, compounded by the impact of the pandemic, have necessitated a cautious approach to transfers. Deco’s revelation offers insight into the complex decision-making processes that clubs face, weighing their ambitions against financial realities.


As the football world witnesses the ebb and flow of transfer dynamics, Barcelona’s decision regarding Neymar stands as a testament to the intricate balance that clubs must strike between sporting aspirations and fiscal prudence.