And here we are again the novel Neymar! As in 2017, the future of the superstar will probably liven up the summer transfer market: two years after leaving for Paris, the Brazilian would have a "verbal agreement" with Barcelona for a comeback, the Spanish press reported Tuesday.
After the arrival of Belgian Eden Hazard at Real Madrid and pending the possible signing of Frenchman Antoine Griezmann Barça, the most significant episode of the summer transfer window could be the turnaround of Neymar, who had knocked the door of the Catalan club in 2017 in exchange of a record 222 million euros.
According to several media outlets, in the case of the XXL offer, the PSG no longer opposes a match of the striker, currently injured (he had to give up the Copa America) and the target of rape charges. But the operation is far from complete …
"In the offices of the Camp Nou, it is believed that the case will be one of the soap operas of the football market," which ends on September 2 in Spain, summarizes the sports newspaper Marca on its website.
"Neymar said yes"
In the current state, the Brazilian (27) and FC Barcelona have found a "verbal agreement" for the return of the striker and a five-year contract, the Barcelona Sport newspaper said on Tuesday.
"Neymar said yes to the contract proposed by Barça, which Sport can exclusively affirm," the newspaper continues, referring to a proposal for a net salary of 24 million euros a year, "close to what it touched. go "to PSG in 2017.
The press reported an annual salary of more than 35 million euros in Paris.
Another possible blocking point, the Neymar clan would also have agreed to withdraw a complaint to the courts of the work presented in Spain regarding the non payment by the Barca of an extension prize of 26 million euros.
"This verbal agreement is a giant step in the negotiations for the final transfer of the Brazilian," says Sport, according to which "the most complicated thing remains to be done": to convince Paris to leave the star. According to the newspaper, Barça's contacts with PSG were made through "two intermediaries" due to bad relations between the two clubs.
In turn, the Brand confirms the contacts between Barcelona and Neymar, on the one hand, and between Barça and PSG, on the other.
"The machinery is on the way back, but the negotiations will be slow and the agreement, if any, will take many weeks to materialize the leaders of the Blaugrana club," Marca writes.
Since Neymar's future in Paris seems uncertain, Barça have been singled out as a possible drop point: the Brazilian, who has spent four seasons (2013-2017) and won the Champions League (2015), remains very close to the captain Lionel Messi and center-forward Luis Suarez, with whom he formed a formidable offensive trio called "MSN."
However, will Barcelona have the financial means to attract the Brazilian?
The Catalan club has disbursed 75 million euros (plus the € 11 million bonus) to the Dutch nugget Frenkie de Jong and expects the press to bet 120 million euros on the French Griezmann to suspend its release clause as of July 1 .
Barça is therefore forced to scrap to pay Neymar, or to include one or more players in the transaction, such as the Brazilian Philippe Coutinho: acquired for 120 million euros plus a bonus of 40 million euros, was very disappointing for his first 18 months in Camp Nou.
"If Barcelona wants to bring players like Griezmann or Neymar, we will have to sell a lot of players," analyzes Placido Rodríguez Guerrero, a professor at the University of Oviedo (Asturias) and a sports economics researcher who estimates "at least 200 million euros "the income needed for Barça to remain in the spotlight of financial fair play.