Barcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner has said the Catalan giants will not be making a move to re-sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
The Brazil international is thought to be unsettled in the French capital following his 222m euro move from the Blaugrana just two years ago. Reports have suggested the 27-year-old striker would love to return to Barcelona and speculation has been rife over a move back to Camp Nou this summer.
Rumours of a potential loan deal with a view to a permanent move at the end of the season emerged over the weekend but Cardoner has poured cold water on a swoop for Neymar – in this summer transfer window at least.
“As of today, there’s no Neymar case, as the president said, and it’s complicated,” he told TV3. “We are passive actors. We know he’s not happy in Paris and it’s a situation that needs to be resolved in Paris.
“We haven’t spoken to them. There is a lot of respect between the clubs and if there is a Neymar case one day, we’ll talk. “Today, at this time, it’s ruled out.”
Neymar has only just returned to first-team training last Thursday after recovering from an ankle injury he sustained in Brazil’s friendly victory over Qatar back in June.
Barcelona are currently 6.00 to win the Champions League this season, while Paris Saint-Germain are 11.00 to be crowned champions of Europe.