Lionel Messi said he does not know if Barcelona did everything possible to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou.
Neymar wanted to leave Paris Saint-Germain prior to the transfer deadline and was reportedly desperate for a Barca return, though a move did not materialise.
It came just two years after Neymar left Barca for Ligue 1 giants PSG in a world-record €222million deal.
Barca captain Messi was asked about the transfer pursuit and he told SPORT: “I don’t know if Barca did everything possible for his return.
“But it is true that negotiating with PSG is not easy.”
“I would have loved for Neymar to return,” Messi added. “He is one of the best players in the world and at the image level and sponsors we would have taken a leap that would have given us stability.”