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() REVEALED: Barcelona and were NEVER serious about mega-money deals for Neymar and Paul Pogba… their very public posturing was just a way of keeping Lionel Messi and Zinedine Zidane happy and Barcelona were both linked with deals that didn't materialise Barca were in for Neymar return, while Real hinted at a swoop for Paul Pogba Both transfers were doomed to fail because clubs didn't have cash or conviction Spaniards were instead trying to keep Lionel Messi and Zinedine Zidane happy Messi wanted to play with Neymar again, and Zidane loves his fellow Frenchman

By Pete Jenson for MailOnline

Published: 16:18 BST, 3 September 2019 | Updated: 16:18 BST, 3 September 2019

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There were 15 deadline day deals in Spain on Monday and when the transfer window finally shut €1.3billion had been spent on new players to La Liga. 

But despite the record-breaking outlay (up from last year's previous record of €888m - or £810m) all the talk on Tuesday is of the two men who did not come.

Not only did Neymar stay at Paris Saint-Germain and Paul Pogba remain at but supporters of Barcelona and were left with the sense that their transfers were doomed to fail because neither club ever really had the cash or the conviction to make them happen.

Paul Pogba to Real Madrid was one of the most protracted transfer sagas of the summer

Paul Pogba to was one of the most protracted transfer sagas of the summer

Both Pogba and Neymar (above) did not see their moves come to fruition before September 2

Both Pogba and Neymar (above) did not see their moves come to fruition before September 2

Sources close to the Pogba transfer that never was, suggest that despite 's very public rebuttals had they received an offer that comfortably topped the money they spent when they signed Pogba, they would have given it serious consideration. But it never came.

Pogba had made no secret of wanting to sign for . Right up to deadline day he was 'favouriting' Madrid-related tweets on social media. And sections of Manchester Untied supporters had made it clear they would not have been against him leaving.

Pundits lined up to say that if he did not want to stay then he was better sold and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is understood to have been privately in favour of a sale as long as it was done early in the summer and brought in huge funds to be reinvested.

But Madrid's offer never came. An offer of around €160m might have opened a crack in the door but there was no such firm commitment from who had spent €100m on Eden Hazard and appeared not to be able to make another huge investment.

Barcelona spent the summer concocting various 'proposals' apparently designed to re-sign Neymar but president Josep Maria Bartomeu briefed from the very start that as he understood it the French club's owners had no interest in selling at any price.

Barca suggested cash plus player deals that were totally unworkable because they relied firstly on players

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