The most talked player in the transfer market this season has been Neymar, but he is yet to agree a deal with any of the clubs. Neymar, who has been reported to be unsettled in Paris Saint-Germain for a while now, is still not certain of a move. Neither is he certain of staying in Paris. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have been two clubs that are supposed to have approached the French giants for the Brazilian superstar. And it also makes sense as very few other clubs could afford him.
It as Barcelona that were the first to approach Neymar. They were well into him until Antoine Griezmann joined the Catalans. Real Madrid, then started the pursuit for him. An offer of €120m plus Luka Modric for Neymar was reported to be rejected by PSG.
Few days back, Barcelona had made a loan offer for Neymar worth €190 m, which was also rejected by PSG.
With another week for the closing of transfer window, Barcelona’s director Jordi Bordas has travelled to Paris along with Barca’s sporting director Eric Abidal, CEO Oscar Grau and Brazilian scout Andre Cury for negotiations with PSG to bring back the club’s former forward.
According to Evening Standard, Bordas returned from Paris on Tuesday, when he addressed a few reporters on his arrival at the Barcelona El Prat airport.
“There’s still no agreement,” he was quoted as saying. “We are negotiating and we are closer, but I can’t say anything more.”
How “close” are Barcelona to signing the Brazilian forward is still the question. After a few seemingly good bids previously rejected, how much are PSG are expecting to profit from the outcast? If anything can be interpreted from PSG sporting director’s words, this is what he said, according to Sport.
“We will talk with calm,” is all PSG sporting director Leonardo had to say, on a deal with Barcelona for the Brazilian forward.
If it is assumed that a deal between the two clubs was agreed, it is natural that a huge amount of money will be involved. But it should be interesting whether Barcelona are able to pay the whole amount at one time, or will they agree on a loan deal with a small loan fee and a larger amount to be paid on the day of permanent signing. Also there is possibility that a player may be included in the deal as a makeweight. But with Phillippe Coutinnho gone and Osumane Dembele ready to stay at Barcelona, it is highly unlikely that any other player of PSG’s interest will be released by the Catalans.
If Neymar move to Barcelona, he will not only reunite with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to form an enviable front three, but will also be linking with their new signing Antoine Griezmann. Not to mention the likes of Osumane Dembele who will also be at their disposal, making people wonder if such an attack can ever be stopped.