Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has spoken out about the club’s signing of Brazilian forward Neymar, including the reasons why he snubbed Chelsea, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
Rosell revealed that Neymar’s desire to play for Barca, and in particular with Lionel Messi, was decisive in the player making the move to Catalonia.
He told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser: “The key was that the player wanted to come to Barcelona. “It was not about knowing how to negotiate; he wanted to be here next to Messi and the rest of the team. “Everything was based on that despite offers he had from Man City, Chelsea, Bayern and Real Madrid”.
Rosell also revealed that Barca had to reach agreement with four parties who held the rights to Neymar, and eventually finalised a deal worth €57.5m (£48.75m).
He said: “I spoke with his father when we met in Miami and we closed the deal there. “There were four parties that owned his rights as part of the agreement and we had to agree with all of those, but in the end we closed the deal for €57.5 million”.