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PSG spent three years trying to sign Neymar – Al-Khelaifi

Paris Saint-Germain president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has revealed that they spent the last three years trying to sign Neymar.

The Ligue 1 club eventually got their man this week, for a world-record €222million transfer fee.

La Liga had threatened to block the move, but Al-Khelaifi, speaking to RMC, says Barcelona did their best to push it through.

“When that [La Liga’s refusal] happened, Barcelona called me to say ‘come on, let’s do it together’.

“I told them we were ready. I want to thank Barca, their president, supporters, players, for everything they have done. They are one of the best clubs in the world.

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“I started thinking about how to sign Neymar three years ago, and it took us a year to think about how to talk to him and Barcelona. Two weeks ago that operation really started.

“It was very complicated, we could not sleep a lot, the whole team, not only me, I thank my team for the work that has been done, many did not want to do it but we had a goal that was to sign Neymar. He’s here,” he said.

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