Barcelona, Aug 13 (IANS) Barcelonas director of football Eric Abidal on Tuesday travelled to Paris to negotiate with Paris Saint Germain over the transfer of their star forward Neymar, sources inside the Spanish club said.
Barcelona have not hidden their interest in the Brazilian's return after PSG decided to put his services up for sale, Efe news reported.
Abidal leads a Barca delegation that includes board member Javier Bordas and intermediary Andre Cury, who was involved in Neymar's arrival to Barcelona in 2013.
Barcelona said the trip was simply a bid to make contact with PSG to discuss the situation of the Brazilian forward.
Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) Amid the economy roiling through a slowdown in demand and consumption, State Bank of India (SBI) Chairman Rajnish Kumar on Sunday raised the pitch for a stimulus, saying that the credit demand remains subdued.
Though lack of credit demand exists in the economy, there is no supply-side constraint as the public sector banks are well-capitalised, he said.
"Demand for credit in the economy is subdued. There is a need for stimulus in the economy," Rajnish Kumar told media here.
The SBI chief was in the city to attend the multi-level consultation programme with SBI branch managers in the region.
"There is no supply-side constraint. More or less, the public sector banks are well capitalised and bank rates also moderated," he said while expressing hope that the monsoon will have a positive impact.
Increased spending by the government and the upcoming festival season would boost demand, Kumar pointed out.
Intensifying the efforts to find ways out of pressing issues of tax surcharge on the super rich, the slowdown in the auto and housing sector, the Finance Ministry and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) are constantly holding meetings to come out with solutions to tackle the near-stagnant economy. They are discussing options and solutions on tackling the slowdown in the auto, realty sectors and and also on the equity market, being battered by FPIs.