Barcelona are in negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain over the sale of Neymar, ESPN FC sources report.
The Catalans are reportedly set to table a deal worth €100m, plus midfielders Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic in order to obtain the Brazilian’s signature, though are understood to view the deal as complicated.
Up until this point, Barcelona had wanted to agree on a player-only swap deal with PSG for their former winger, who left the Nou Camp back in 2017 to escape the clutches of Lionel Messi’s shadow.
Barca considered letting Ousmane Dembele and Nelson Semedo move in the opposite direction – alongside Coutinho and Rakitic – but that deal now looks to be off the table.
It understood that PSG are keen on the idea of Coutinho and Semedo joining, but are not thought to be interested in Croatian midfielder Rakitic.
According to ESPN FC sources, an offer of €60m plus Coutinho has already been rejected by the Parisians.
Real Madrid are also interested in signing the Brazil international, who will make the 27-year-old their main transfer target should they fail in their pursuit of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
However, Barcelona are thought to be Neymar’s preferred destination. He knows the club inside out having made over 100 appearances for the La Liga champions before his £198m move to PSG and would reportedly relish the opportunity to link up with former teammates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Barcelona re-signing Neymar could prove to be a bad move. He left in 2017 after becoming fed-up of playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi, and as the Argentine playmaker continues to operate at a high level, there is every chance that Neymar will again be in his shadow. After all, Messi topped the La Liga stats table in pretty much every attacking metric last season.
Forking out so much money on a player they have already faced issues with in the past could be the wrong decision.
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