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Jordi Mestre talks Neymar and how much Barcelona have to spend this summer

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Presentation of Ernesto Valverde, new FC Barcelona's coach Photo by Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Barcelona vice-president’s Jordi Mestre sat down with Sport for an interview recently. The topics ranged from Neymar to La Masia, back to summer transfer sales and more.

One of the more interesting bits is the news that once again this summer’s transfer amount it fixed. Mestre was asked how much money the club would have to spend in the summer.

“Every year we have the same amount. 60 million plus sales.”

With Antoine Griezmann’s release clause dropping this summer it appears that if Barcelona wish to pursue him or any other high price players they’ll be forced to sell first in order to fund any large transfer.

Mestre was also asked if the club was frustrated about the transfer of Neymar.

“What hurt me the most was the way it happened. We were all on tour talking with him and his father, and they were not transparent.

“If he came to us and said, I want to go, like Cesc, Pedro, Alexis, Mascherano did, we would have reached an agreement. What you can’t do is rock the boat.”

Of course it was Mestre who famously said he was “200%” sure Neymar would stay at Camp Nou just weeks before the Brazilian left for Paris Saint-Germain.