Barcelona insists on signing Neymar
In the summer of 2017, Neymar shocked the world when he decided to leave Barcelona and sign for PSG. The Brazilian superstar was determined to leave his comfort zone and look for a new challenge in his career. The transfer fee was said to be around 222 million euros, a sum that surprised all types of soccer betting and that set a new world record in terms of football transfers.
In his almost three seasons playing for Paris-Saint Germain, Neymar already scored a total of 69 goals, out of 80 appearances. He has struggled with injuries in every single season in France so far, somehow limiting his numbers and also his own team’s ambitions in the Champions League, the trophy the Parisiens have been desperately trying to win since PSG’s owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi took over control of the club.
Despite the numerous injuries and now being 28 years old of age, Barcelona remains highly interested in rescuing the talent of their former superstar, Neymar. The Catalan club has signed several players in an attempt to fill in the gap that Neymar left when he departed the Condal City in 2017, from Dembélé (140 million euros), to Coutinho (155 million euros) or more recently, Antoine Griezzman (120 million euros). The fee spent in these three players together result in a total of 415 million euros and the truth is that none of them was up to the task.
With the football world still trying to adapt to the Covid-19 effects and the global economy shrinking at an alarming rate, there are good chances that we’ll see a significant decrease in the average transfer values in the upcoming months. In Barcelona’s case however, signing back Neymar could force them to take drastic measures and break the bank in a desperate attempt to see the Brazilian ace wearing the Blaugrana shirt in the next years. The Spanish giants are perfectly aware of the value Neymar could bring in to the team, especially with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez playing next to him in the attacking front.
According to several reports originated in the Spanish media, Barcelona could be willing to offer Griezmann and Coutinho to PSG, just so the French champions could be more open in terms of letting Neymar make his return to Spain. On one hand, it would be a deal Barcelona would welcome since they don’t seem to have enough liquidity and they would find an exit door for an expensive player who hasn’t been adapting well to the team. On the other side, PSG might not be completely satisfied with the trade and still demand Barça for money on the top of this deal, which at the of the day, could very well turn out to be a problem for the Spanish powerhouse.
What certainly wouldn’t be a problem for Barcelona is their negotiation with the player itself. Neymar has stated over and over that he would welcome with open arms a return to Barcelona and he doesn’t get tired of repeating how much he misses the good old days next to Messi and Suarez, wrecking defenses for fun.
Sources: theguardian.com / goal.com