The latest news from European football is suggesting that we might see a big trade between Barcelona and PSG. It would include Neymar on one, and Antoine Griezmann on the other side, and would definitely make a great impact on the continental market.
It is no secret that Barcelona wants to get back Neymar to Camp Nou, and that Blaugrana made a few pushes in the past to return the Brazilian. But all of them were denied by the Parisian Saints.
Meanwhile, Brazil’s No.10 is also keen on getting back to Catalonia, and he even hinted on several occasions that he regrets leaving the way he did back in 2017. Things didn’t turn as he planned, which is probably the main reason for such actions.
Barcelona hope to strike a part-exchange deal for Neymar that would see Antoine Griezmann join PSG this summer 🤝
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) April 1, 2020
Barcelona’s proposal is next. They give Griezmann to PSG along with money and, in exchange, receive Neymar. Right now, they value the French international €100 million, while on the other side, Neymar’s price is €150 million.
Barcelona isn’t in a position to make spectacular deals as they were in recent years. The COVID-19 pandemic severely damaged the finances of all the major European clubs, and it appears that Blaugrana might be one of the biggest losers in the current situation. The five-time European champions had to cut wages for 70% in order to survive the crisis, and even that isn’t guaranteeing anything. Still, they have to think about Neymar, because such a chance won’t repeat any time soon.
The Brazilian had a great partnership with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez during his time at Camp Nou, and the Argentinian superstar wants him back. It is one of the reasons for his alleged unhappiness, and several disputes with the management of the club. Messi is aware that his time is slowly passing by and that he and Barca didn’t do anything noticeable in the Champions League in the recent couple of years.
Alongside Neymar, he won the 2015 UCL pretty confidently, and this is probably why he wants the former teammate back.
On the other side, the Brazilian left for Paris with high ambitions, but things didn’t develop as he planned. At first, he had problems taking over the leadership in the locker room, because Edinson Cavani wouldn’t allow Neymar to be the No.1. Now, the spotlight is on Kylian Mbappe, and Brazil’s captain isn’t taking that very well. His relationship with the fans is very questionable, and on several occasions, they showed their displeasure because of his behavior.
Just to mention that PSG, too, would have its benefits in this deal. For a long time, there’s been some sort of frustration among the fans that the club isn’t posting big continental results, and that it relies upon big foreign stars. The desire of supporters is to see domestic players wearing the jersey of the most dominant French football club, and that reached the ears of the board and the owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
According to media in France, there is a plan which would land the leaders of the national team in Paris, and one of them is Griezmann. So this deal suits perfectly to PSG. The other guy is Paul Pogba, and the way the situation develops in Manchester, we just might see him also joining the Saints in the near future.
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