Ex-Blaugrana executive Mestre confirms Messi did ask Bartomeu for Neymar
- Jordi Mestre says that Messi directly asked the president to bring Neymar back last summer.
- However, the Argentine didn't put pressure on Bartomeu, Mestre adds.
- There were rumours that Barca's board pretended to be interested in Neymar's return in order to keep Messi happy.
Mestre confirmed that it was Leo Messi who was behind the whole idea. He told Radio Marca: "Messi directly asked [Josep Maria] Bartomeu for the return of Neymar, but he didn't put pressure on him."
Neymar's transfer saga was dragging on during the whole summer. Eventually, the Brazilian was forced to stay at Paris Saint-Germain as neither Barcelona nor Real Madrid had enough funds to meet his club's transfer demands. According to the rumours, PSG wanted €200-300m for him.
Several weeks ago, ESPN's journalist Simon Kuper revealed that Messi has an 'alleged power' at Barcelona and was behind Neymar's failed return last summer.
Messi forced Barcelona to enter the bidding war for Neymar last summer. The Argentine asked the club to sign Neymar but the club didn't believe the injury-prone star is worth €200million.
Clearly, Barcelona didn't want to somehow put the relationship with Messi at risk. That's why they simply pretended to chase the Brazilian all over the summer. Eventually, the transfer failed and Barca's bosses told the Argentine they did everything in their power to bring Neymar back.