The technical director of Barcelona said he is looking forward to the end of the transfer market so that everyone "can rest"
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Leer en español: Barcelona: Ernesto Valverde dice estar aburrido de la saga Neymar
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Friday he was tired of the ongoing negotiations between his club and Paris St Germain because of Neymar and said he would feel relief when the transfer market closes on September 2.
Barça's attempts to bring Neymar back to the city, two years after his arrival at PSG in a record transfer of 222 million euros (247.40 million dollars), has made headlines in the sports press in Spain for months, but clubs now have less than three days to reach an agreement.
Blaugrana club manager Javier Bordas said earlier this week that Barça was "close" to seal the transfer, but Spanish media said Friday that PSG is not willing to accept the latest offer of the Brazilian by the winners of the Spanish League.
"I am looking forward to that day and that we all rest," said the Valverde. "Neymar is a PSG player and, as always, we respect all the rivals, but I reiterate that we hope that everything ends at once."
Valverde was then asked to rate from 0 to 10 how bored he was of speculation about Neymar's transfer and replied: "About a nine and a half."
Barça will still not be able to count on his captain, Lionel Messi, due to a muscle injury, but Valverde said he expects the team's historic scorer to return to the courts for the match against Valencia on September 14.