Why Chelsea missed out on signing Neymar before the Brazilian joined Barcelona

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Neymar joined Barcelona from Santos in 2013. He spent four years in Spain before leaving for a world record fee to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017.

Neymar could have joined Chelsea as an 18 year old back in 2010 but according to The Athletic, the Blues were unwilling to spend just £6.7 million to make the deal happen.

The Brazilian reportedly had a release clause of £28.7 million. Chelsea made two offers for the Brazilian, the first was £18 million and the second was £22 million. Santos rejected both offers.

All Chelsea needed to do was add just £6.7million to our last offer and trigger Neymar’s release clause but the Blues were reluctant to pay Neymar’s release clause.

According to The Athletic, Chelsea had already agreed terms with Neymar over a move to Stamford Bridge but were reluctant to pay Neymar’s release clause.

Neymar’s father was confident of his son leaving Santos for Chelsea. He was then quoted as saying: “For us to go to England would be wonderful.”

Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Riberio wasn’t happy with how Chelsea conducted things during the pursuit of Neymar.

He said: “Chelsea sent us a transfer proposal which was rejected immediately, but the harassment continues. Considering the ethics which clubs are supposed to adhere to, this is completely intolerable and Santos will go to defend its interests at FIFA.

“On Wednesday there was a telephone enquiry. Chelsea got in contact with my secretary and asked for our fax number. This does not mean they have opened negotiations. Santos are not interested in selling Neymar for any amount of money.”

All Chelsea needed to do was pay Neymar’s release clause of £28.7 million. Do you think Chelsea’s decision not to pay Neymar’s release clause was the right one?

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