Catalonia-based newspaper Ara is advancing the blocking of Neymar’s extension to PSG. The Brazilian star is said to be waiting for a sign and an offer from Barça during the summer transfer window to join Lionel Messi.
Parisian supporters thought they were done with the Neymar soap opera following the existence of an agreement in principle for a four-year extension to PSG. While waiting for a possible formalization, the Catalan daily Ara rushed into the breach and ensures that the Brazilian attacking midfielder would have “paralyzed” the extension of his contract with the club in the capital. In the wake of the defeat of the team led by Mauricio Pochettino against Lille (0-1) and the new blood of the international Auriverde against Tiago Djalo, rumors of a return to La Liga are blooming again.
At the heart of speculation, Pini Zahavi’s recent meeting with Joan Laporta in early March. If the agent, in particular responsible for the signing of Neymar in Paris against 222 million euros in 2017, was mainly present to discuss the future of David Alaba, he was also able to discuss that of the Brazilian star with the new leader of Barça.
Neymar would like to play with Messi again
The main element of the Ara newspaper in favor of a return of the 29-year-old playmaker to Catalonia is initially linked to Lionel Messi. Free next June and regularly announced on departure, the Argentinian could finally decide to extend the adventure with the Blaugrana club. In recent weeks, hope is in order and many fans still believe in the loyalty of “La Pulga”.
A time hoped for in Paris, even if nothing has been acted on for the moment, the Messi-Neymar duo could thus be reunited in Catalonia. One year from the end of his contract, in June 2022, Neymar would find himself in a strong position this summer. Either PSG decides to sell him from the next transfer window, or the Ile-de-France club is exposed to not touching a penny for his departure.
Barça held back by its finances?
Also interested in Erling Haaland, and even more after the meeting between Joan Laporta with the entourage of the Norwegian striker, Barça will face a big financial problem. With nearly a billion euros in debt, the Catalan club will have to seriously clean up its accounts and sell several unwanted players, if it wishes to have the means for its ambitions.
Between a potential transfer fee claimed by PSG and Neymar’s salary, Barça could finally choose to turn to other possible less expensive reinforcements such as Memphis Depay or Sergio Agüero. On the Paris side, if the Neymar file seemed settled. He could well constitute a new thorn in the side of Leonardo who must also manage the extension of Kylian Mbappé.
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