Barcelona president Joan Laporta said today that he would like to bring Neymar to Barcelona. The Brazilian player has been linked regularly with his return to Camp Nou after his 2017 red card.
However, there are pitfalls to this. Due to Barcelona’s financial difficulties, Laporta has announced that Neymar should be “free”. It’s unlikely that PSG would be willing to lose one of their starmen for no reason.
The recent takeover by Kylian Mbappe at PSG could also hamper a potential deal. Mbappe and Neymar maintain a strong relationship on and off the pitch, and as Mbappe now has the power to approve entry and exit from Paris clubs, he is likely to veto such a deal.
What does this mean for Barcelona? They will continue to look for options to enhance their attacks. A tentative connection with Erling Haaland was hampered by Norway’s move to Manchester City, and Bayern’s trail for Robert Lewandowski turned slightly cooler.
Barcelona will want to make sure they are no longer behind La Liga champions Real Madrid this summer as they continue to get stronger. Los Blancos have almost confirmed the signing of midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni and are known to be interested in a service takeover from Raheem Sterling.
Neymar’s future is now in Paris. It’s unlikely that PSG will be willing to part with one of the project’s pioneers until they finally reach their goal of winning the Champions League.