Joan Laporta Says Neymar Wanted To Return To Barcelona Before Lionel Messi's Exit

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has claimed that Neymar was "keen" on a return to the Nou Camp before Lionel Messi's shock departure to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

The Brazilian spent four years in Catalonia, winning two La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys and a Champions League as part of the free-scoring MSN trio alongside Messi and Luis Suarez.

Throughout his stay in Paris he has been regularly linked with a return to the club to reunite with good friend Messi and Laporta has claimed that he spoke with the 29-year-old about re-joining earlier this year before the scale of Barcelona's financial issues became so apparent.

Neymar has now been reunited with the Argentine at PSG after Barca's financial problems meant they were unable to offer Messi a new contract, despite agreeing terms on the deal. Now Laporta has claimed that an offer to Neymar was in the works before their interpretation of how they believed La Liga's Financial Fair Play rules would operate changed.