They insulted him and waved banners expressing their ill will.
This marked a huge step back in negotiations.
As more time passed, they felt more confident that they could put a good offer together, either a cash-and-player deal or a straight cash deal.
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Despite having three years left on his contract, the Brazilian had made his mind up.
He still wanted to leave but softened his stance to the point that staying would not be an issue.
Barca midfielder Carles Alena revealed that the whole dressing room wanted the Brazilian back.
Real got serious about Neymar and believed they were in the best position for a deal, but they never made a formal offer.
Tuchel was keen on working with Dembele again, given their time together at Borussia Dortmund, but the World Cup winner with France didn't want to move.
When he was 14, Neymar trained at the Bernabeu, and Real believed he was theirs before Barcelona got a deal done first back in 2013.
Their interest appeared to be rooted in revenge, a desire to not only add a significant Galactico to their squad but also get one back on the old enemy.
He tried to convince Dembélé to be part of the package, but the Frenchman and his agent, Moussa Sissoko, refused everything.
Madrid president Florentino Perez was briefly enamoured by the incredible coup it would have been to snatch Neymar away from Barcelona.
At age 14 he had a successful trial with , and Santos had to increase its spending to retain him.
Cash was also a problem, as Barca didn't have enough of it.
Their summer strategy was simple: Secure Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie De Jong, add a left back Junior Firpo , and offload some fringe first-team squad members.
Despite all his efforts and a final conversation between Bartomeu and Al-Khelaifi on Aug.