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Barcelona attack Neymar

Neymar’ s behaviour during his switch to Paris St-Germain is the reason for football’ s inflated transfer fees , according to Barcelona’ s vice-president , BBC Sport reports .

Jordi Mestre said the Brazil forward, 25 , played “ cat and mouse” with the club before his exit in August.

PSG paid €222m for Neymar, making him the most expensive player in history .
“ We would have saved a lot of money and a lot of media noise , ” said Mestre .
“ What hurt me the most was the way it happened . ”

Neymar signed a new five-year deal at Barcelona in July 2016 , which included € 8. 5 m renewal bonus.

Mestre said , “ If he came to us and said , ‘ I want to go’ , we would have reached an agreement. What you can’ t do is rock the boat .
“ He told us nothing . If he had done , PSG would have been able to buy him for less money and it would have cost us less to sign players too. ”

Neymar said at the time of his move that he had “ followed his heart”.
“ The decision was difficult to take, ” he said . “ I didn’ t come for the money . I came for the motivation and the challenge . ”

Since Neymar’ s departure, Barcelona have spent £ 142m on signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool , having brought in Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund for an initial £ 97 m , which could rise to £136m .

Following Neymar’ s departure, Barcelona said they would withhold a further 26 m euro ( £23 m ) loyalty bonus.

“ It arrived at a point where we saw where things were going, so we told him we would not pay his contract renewal loyalty fee , ” said Mestre

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