Hunter: Barcelona would take a Neymar & Coutinho swap deal

European football expert Graham Hunter believes Barcelona would be willing to do a trade deal with Paris Saint-Germain involving Neymar and Philippe Coutinho

Neymar has been persistently linked with a return to Camp Nou ever since he completed his record €222m move to PSG in 2017, amid reports he’s unsettled at France.

Barcelona spokesman Josep Vives has already denied rumours claiming that they’ve held talks with the Brazilan forward’s father over a potential reunion.

However, PSG’s expensive capture of Neymar has likely made their case worse in UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) investigation which could open the door for the 26-year-old’s exit.

And Hunter believes the struggling Coutinho could be used by Barcelona in a swap deal to test PSG’s resolve.

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“They have great plans that if Neymar comes on the market, which is feasible because of his own personal preference and because PSG are still subject to stringent checks on whether they have or haven’t breached Financial Fair Play,” Hunter told Sky Sports.

“Philippe Coutinho was bought at a time when Barcelona were smarting from the way they had been treated by Neymar, they were short of answers, they set their hearts on the player and they wanted to give a very quick sop to their fans and sponsors.

“But it hasn’t worked out the way in which either party fancied that it would.

“If there was an opportunity to do something with PSG, where Coutinho went to PSG and Neymar came back to the Camp Nou, then the people on the board would absolutely seize upon it.”

Neymar scored 105 goals in 186 appearances for Barcelona between 2013 and 2017, where he won two La Liga titles along with three Copa del Reys and the Champions League in 2015.


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