Barcelona continue to look for ways to get a deal for Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar over the line before the transfer window closes on 2 September. Tuesday's meeting in Paris between PSG officials, Barça directors Éric Abidal and Javier Bordas, and the intermediary André Cury did not yield an agreement, while planned talks in Liverpool two days later did not finally take place, APA reports citing AS.
According to a report in Le Parisien on Thursday, Barça not only sought to include Philippe Coutinho in a part-exchange move for Neymar, but also Arturo Vidal. The Chilean had a good first season in Catalonia last term, but given the surfeit of midfielders now at the Camp Nou, the club would be willing to let the 32-year-old leave as part of a Neymar return.
However, with Barça said to have offered just 60m euros on top of Coutinho and Vidal, the latter's low market value (specialist website Transfermarkt puts his current worth at just 15m) ensured that such a proposal was rejected out of hand by PSG. Furthermore, the French champions are not interested in an exchange that does not include a monetary fee of at least 100m.