Reports suggest that Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward Neymar is highly interested in making a comeback to Barcelona this summer. The Brazilian winger departed the Catalan giants in 2017, making a world record £198 million move to the French capital, as PSG aspired to secure Champions League glory with his help.
However, despite reaching the final in 2020, PSG has been unable to clinch the prestigious European title. Consequently, the French club is now open to offers for the 31-year-old Neymar. According to Sport, PSG has communicated to Neymar that he can seek a new club, and the player has expressed his desire to return to Barcelona.
Neymar has previously been linked with a return to Barcelona, even as early as 2018, just one year after his departure. However, PSG was uninterested in selling their star forward at that time. Now, circumstances have changed, and PSG is eager to alleviate the burden of Neymar’s lucrative wages from their financial records.
Throughout his time in France, Neymar has grappled with recurring fitness issues, including missing the final months of the previous season due to ankle surgery. While the Brazilian yearns to wear the Barcelona jersey once again, finalizing a deal may prove challenging.
Barcelona manager Xavi, who partnered with Neymar in winning the Champions League in 2015, recently emphasized that bringing the Brazilian back to Camp Nou is not a priority for the club. Furthermore, Barcelona finds itself in a delicate financial position, making it nearly impossible to secure Neymar’s permanent signing.
Last summer, Barcelona had to navigate a complex financial landscape to secure players such as Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, and Jules Kounde. Uncertainty still lingers regarding the club’s budget this year, and Lionel Messi admitted that this factor played a role in his decision to reject a return to his former club, opting to join Inter Miami instead.
Nevertheless, the possibility of a loan deal for Neymar should not be disregarded. Such an arrangement could prove beneficial for all parties involved, especially as PSG seeks a viable solution to offload the highly talented forward.
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