Not a long time ago, it seemed that Neymar’s chapter had been closed forever. However, PSG’s average performance and Lionel Messi’s possible contract extension have changed things. The constant Neymar saga in every window is at its peak at the moment. According to Sport, financing the move for the return of the Brazilian might not be impossible as there are two alternatives to finance the deal.
The first of the two alternatives will be to include one of Griezmann or Dembele in the deal. The board is very clear that it would be impossible to pay €150m that PSG asks, more so for a player who has just one year left on his contract. Reportedly, the newly elected board is open to any one of the above exchanges. However, it remains to be seen if it will interest the Parisians too.
The other and the more financially viable option will be to wait for another year and sign the Brazilian on a free transfer. However, it’s very unlikely that PSG will allow such this to happen. Not only, PSG even Neymar will not like to take such a huge risk considering his track record with injuries. For the transfer to take place this way, Neymar will have to commit to Barça and handle the heckling at PSG.
After PSG’s group stage encounter at Old Trafford in December, Neymar expressed his desire to play with Leo again and said “I want to play with Messi again. It’s what I want the most. I want to enjoy being on the pitch with him again. For sure next year we have to do it.” This statement and situation at that time hinted that Parisians will make a move for Messi who will be out of contract in June.
Fast forward to three and a half months, Barça finds themselves in a much better position. The Argentine looks more determined than ever to change his and the club’s situation. Thanks to Ronald Koeman, the squad is overflowing with overachieving young players. On the other hand PSG even after qualifying for the next round in UEFA Champions League, looks like only a shadow of themselves from last year.
With all said, the newly elected board currently remains more focused on bringing a world class No.9. One thing that can be said is that with Messi closer to staying than ever, a lot of things have changed in the transfer window. However, we will need to wait until the summer to see how exactly things will pan out.