Neymar’s dream return to Barcelona has reportedly edged a step closer after the club reportedly struck an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain.
Neymar has spent his summer working out a way to finally leave PSG after a mixed two-year spell. Simply put, he regrets ever setting foot in France and now wants to seal a Barcelona return for this season.
With the European transfer window closing next Monday, however, time is running out for the Brazilian.
There is, of course, another option in a move to Barcelona’s La Liga rivals Real Madrid. It’s no secret that president Florentino Perez has always wanted Neymar, and even dreams of seeing him in the famous white jersey.
Although PSG have proven to be difficult negotiators for Barcelona and Real. They’ve been crystal clear to both clubs – either pay up €222m in cash or forget about signing Neymar altogether.
Unsurprisingly, this has become a serious problem considering the Spanish giants have already spent big-time this summer. In fact, Real spent a club-record €305m with Barcelona splashing out €255m themselves.
The Catalan club attempted to offer PSG an alternative recently in trading Jean-Clair Todibo and Ivan Rakitic. To sweeten the deal, they even offered Ousmane Dembele on a season-long loan agreement.
And it turns out that the French champions may be tempted, after all, based on a report from BBC. Apparently, PSG and Barcelona struck an agreement on Neymar’s value and met on Tuesday.
For the deal to go through, however, they have to convince the three mentioned players to go to PSG. This could prove to be a bit of an obstacle as not one of them is interested in a move to France.
But it appears that things are still going well as PSG boss Thomas Tuchel confirmed Neymar will again be a no-show for their trip to Metz on Friday.
Although Spanish football expert Guillem Balague warned there’s still a long way to go.
“It is not done,” said Balague.
“There is still a big bridge to be crossed because none of the three players have said they want to go. Dembele’s agent recently said he is ‘100%’ staying at Barcelona.”