Ligue 1

Neymar to get his way at PSG?

Neymar is seemingly throwing his weight around at PSG and making all sorts of demands to ensure he stays at the club. He has insisted that the team’s Qatari owners fork out a world record shattering €270 million to bring Brazilian teammate Philippe Coutinho to the club, according to Mundo Deportivo. He has also grown fed up with teammate Edinson Cavani and has urged the club to offload him, if the rumour mill is to be believed. As if that wasn’t enough, he is also demanding that PSG break the bank to sign Luis Suarez from Barcelona.

It all sounds ridiculously petulant, but anyone watching Neymar’s theatrics at the World Cup will not be particularly surprised to hear of him behaving childishly. He angered the world with his diving, play-acting and complaining during the tournament, and he has few fans left among neutrals. He has also upset his countrymen, not only by failing to light up the World Cup, but also for his media silence since Brazil were dumped out in ignominious fashion.

Neymar will not have a chance of World Cup redemption until 2022, so his thoughts must now turn to club football as he bids to prove he is the world’s best player. He made the bold decision to leave Barcelona last summer in an effort to escape Lionel Messi’s giant shadow. PSG swooped in, activating his €222 million release clause and annihilating the world transfer record. It was supposed to provide him a platform on which to seize the Ballon d’Or, which has been duopolised by Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the past decade, but it has not worked out that way.

PSG won Ligue 1 in convincing fashion, but they crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Ronaldo’s Real Madrid. The World Cup was also a flop for Neymar, so he needs to try to win the Champions League next season if he is to scoop the individual glory he craves. Neymar is a great player, but he needs support from elite forwards. He feels that the PSG team is not up to scratch and he wants to see it overhauled. That has apparently led him to making a string of lavish demands to keep him out of the clutches of Real Madrid, who may be keen to sign him after agreeing to part company with Ronaldo.

He wants to see PSG raid his old club to sign Suarez and Coutinho, with Cavani and others leaving to make room for them. That would be a terrifying attack, but it seems unrealistic. The Parisians are accused of breaching Financial Fair Play regulations and they may be forced to sell players rather than shell out for reinforcements. A Youwager review will point you towards competitive odds from a reputable bookmaker, and you will see that PSG are behind Man City, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the Champions League betting.

All the action is going on rival teams, as punters are unconvinced by PSG’s ability to mount a challenge in Europe’s premier competition. They have never made it past the semi-finals, and it could be because the level of competition in France is simply not up to scratch, and the team is unprepared when it faces elite European opposition. It might not be long before Neymar realises this and agitates for a move back to La Liga. It could yet happen this summer, so do not be surprised if Neymar to Real Madrid becomes the dominant story of the transfer window. Right now it seems more likely than PSG capturing Coutinho and Suarez from Barcelona.

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