Bartomeu: Neymar fee puts Barca in great position

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has assured club supporters that the sale of Neymar is not a step backwards but an opportunity for growth.

The Catalans were relieved of their superstar forward by Paris Saint-Germain, who met his release fee of £198m, but Bartomeu remains optimistic that they can reinvest the money raised to strengthen the team.

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"We thought there was a chance that Neymar could go and for that reason we raised his buy-out clause," he said at a Barcelona fan group meeting on Monday, according to Marca.

"Now we are looking for alternatives and whatever happened here it is in the end good for Barca because if he stayed then we have a great player and if he goes then we bring in a lot of money.

"The 222 million euros we will spend sensibly, strictly and wisely. It will be used to improve the club and with this it means that we are in a great position to sign players.

"This year there will not be a trident but we can now talk about a team. We will bring in players, the first has been Semedo, but there will be more."