In early 2019, the FC Barcelona received a kind of ‘distress call’ from Neymar so that the Catalan club tried to play him in the summer. With the approval of the culé squad, eager to have the Brazilian back in the dressing room and with them on the pitch, the Catalan entity tried to convince the Paris Saint-Germain to negotiate for him.
But even the pressure of Neymar himself, who even refused to train – and who later publicly acknowledged that he had wanted to leave – did not make the French champion give in. The price marked was 300 million euros, an amount that the Gauls knew perfectly well that Barça could not offer. Therefore, the operation was ruined.
Looking ahead to next summer, Neymar’s desire to abandon the Princes Park, as well as the desire of the Barça club to reunite the Brazilian international with Leo Messi, Luis Suárez and company. FC Barcelona also has the protection of the FIFA, who will set a price for the Brazilian in case his desire to leave persists and PSG does not want to let him go.
Despite this, in the Camp Nou They are aware of two things: first, that the price that FIFA sets for Neymar will not be, by any means, a low or affordable price (it would be around 150 million euros); second, that the economic crisis of the clubs generated by the stoppage of football due to the coronavirus will drastically limit the little financial muscle that the Catalan entity already had to sign.
Given the circumstances, at FC Barcelona it would not be feasible to sign Neymar at the price stipulated by FIFA and they would prefer that the operation be closed through an exchange of footballers, Something that would not harm the economic ecosystem of the club and that would allow, at the same time, release salary mass to make room for the Brazilian striker, who has an astronomical record.
The names you like in France
The French media are already beginning to speculate on the names that would interest Paris Saint-Germain in the face of a hypothetical barter, with Antoine Griezmann being one of the most popular names. Marc-André ter Stegen, Nélson Semedo, Samuel Umtiti, Clément Lenglet, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembélé or Ivan Rakitic They are the names with which they fantasize in France and it must be said that, except for the German doorman, the rest could be seen in the operation.