The head coach of Dynamo Kiev Mircea Lucescu spoke about how Shakhtar considered buying forward Neymar when he was at the club.
“We started thinking about inviting Brazilians, putting on shows with them and filling the stadium. The president just fell in love with the Brazilians. Of course everything was done very carefully, we were talking about players which were not yet written off. At first the transfers were made on my recommendation, and then the head of Porto’s selection service was invited to the team.
Teixeira, Willian, Douglas Costa, Fernandinho, Jadson – all these purchases were made under my supervision. And I think they were better than the players who were bought after my departure.
I saw those guys on TV. I also wanted Neymar, but they were asking 15 million euros for him. The president [Rinat Akhmetov] said he couldn’t pay 15 million for one player. But look at what Neymar has become,” Lucescu told Digisport.