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Inside the Neymar transfer bluff that PSG used to bamboozle Barcelona and Real Madrid

It's been the summer of speculation but there's a growing feeling a deal for the Brazilian was always a long shot.
Summer signing sagas have the ability to both thrill and exasperate in equal measure.

And the movers and shakers within the Barcelona boardroom have been left nursing the effects of an almighty transfer hangover after failing to land Neymar .
It has been three months of bluffs, offers and false reports that makes Brexit talks look like a tea party but the discussions have stopped.
Barca were desperate to bring their former star back to the Nou Camp this summer and were confident they could reach an agreement with Paris Saint Germain .
The game was on though, or was it?
It's understood the Ligue 1 champions had intimated to Barcelona an offer of €200m for the Brazilian superstar but fresh reports suggest a deal was never going to happen.
Neymar, entering his prime at the age of 27, has been battling injuries for much of the past 12 months and many football experts believed it was fanciful to think Barcelona, or rivals Real Madrid , were ever going to stump €200m, never mind the fee Al-Khelaifi was insisting on behind closed doors.
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, who doesn't have the final say on transfers, was keen on Barcelona outcast Ousmane Dembele as a makeweight in any deal to take Neymar back to Catalonia.
Nelson Semedo, the Portuguese left-back rated by everyone outwith the Nou Camp, was another player PSG looked as a potential Neymar sweetener, but an agreement couldn't be reached.

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