Barca's former technical secretary said that he wanted to bring Neymar back to the club at the time.
“Ten days before the end of the transfer window, I went to Paris to talk with Leonardo (PSG's sporting director) and I was with my CEO, and we were talking about Neymar," said Abidal.
“I think if the CEO goes to Paris Saint-Germain, it's because we can sign him. If we didn't sign Griezmann before, I think 100 per cent we could have resigned Neymar because what we needed was a winger and when Neymar was at Barcelona he was amazing.
"This is not about which player is better, it was what I thought was the position we needed at the time. The team needed a real winger. The president decided to sign Griezmann."
He also said: “One of the arguments against Neymar was that he had a court case against the club, so it's not easy.
“They said he would have to stop the court process if he wanted to come back. That wasn't my problem because I was not at the club when that dispute happened. In my view, I could sign the player, but it didn't happen."
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