However, Barca spokesperson Josep Vives claimed Neymar's talks with PSG prior to that date and the 25-year-old's failure to publicly express his commitment to the Catalans meant he was in breach of the terms of that agreement.
According to reports in the Spanish press on Saturday, Messi has now encouraged his side to go in for Di Maria, and bring the winger back to La Liga. He then joined PSG and excelled in 2015-16 before finding the going a little tougher last term.
Barcelona are interested in Angel Di Maria (29). Thus, it remains to be seen if Barcelona indeed pursue a move for Di Maria, or if they continue their chase for Dembele, who has been heavily linked with a switch to Camp Nou as well.
At Real, United and now seemingly PSG, he has found it increasingly hard to force his way into the starting XI. However, Di Maria's current contract ends in 2019 while Draxler's deal runs out in 2021. Though Barcelona may be short in the final third, he feels like a player they should avoid.
"I love football, because you make each other stronger", the German added. Dembele then failed to show up for training with Borussia on Thursday.
Hence, the Barcelona boss has been left scrambling in search of a top replacement for Neymar.
Bartomeu revealed that the management suspected that the Brazilian wanted to move on even though he signed a new contract a year ago. He's naturally two-footed, boasts incredible pace and for a footballer still so young, he is a composed decision-maker in risky areas. The club sees him as a player with similar characteristics to Neymar. And one of the biggest clubs in the world, Barcelona, are interested in signing him this summer.
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The Premier League legend said on BBC Sport: " Chelsea I do sense, there is something brewing there, which isn't nice". You know that the last placed team is as very tough opponent as the leader.
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By the London close, the precious metal had given up some of those gains to trade up 0.88% on the day at $1,273. Pyongyang said it was examining plans for attacking Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific with a military base.