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Laporta confirms Barcelona attempted to sign Neymar

But the president is glad it didn’t work out

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Barcelona president Joan Laporta confirmed this week that the club did attempt to make a move for Neymar this summer. Now, as Laporta explains in his interview, this obviously wasn’t the right move for the club.

“As the numbers were explained to us, we thought there was room to do it. We didn’t have our due diligence done.

“They told us that he wanted to come, and that he couldn’t continue there, having convinced the club [to let him leave].

“But it’s football and whoever makes the best offer wins. Not signing him has been a good thing, it wouldn’t have helped.

“Neymar could have generated a lot of income, but not signing him has been a good thing.”

Laporta | Source

The first part of his quote is the wildest part to me. “As the numbers were explained to us, we thought there was room to do it”, who was explaining these numbers?!

Gotta get some new accounts over there.