After missing out on Lionel Messi, Barcelona would like to add another global superstar to their squad. Neymar sees himself as the 'Plan B' for his former club, and the Spanish outlet Dario Sport reports that the PSG forward is keen to return to the Camp Nou stadium. The Brazilian would even be willing to take a salary cut to make it happen.
Having Neymar return is going to be quite a challenge, for the same reason why Messi's return eventually proved impossible. Barcelona is facing financial difficulties and needs to save on salaries in order to be able to acquire new players. Neymar currently earns an exorbitant salary, but he may be willing to take a salary cut. Additionally, Barcelona would have to pay a transfer fee. In 2017, Neymar became the most expensive player of all time, when Paris Saint-Germain paid €222 million to bring him to the Parc des Princes. His contract in the French capital runs until 2025, which further complicates the transfer.
Head coach Xavi has indicated that they need to reinforce their attack team. Ansu Fati is likely to leave, while Ferran Torres is attracting interest from Newcastle United. Selling both players would free up both funds and a spot on the left flank. Neymar already played at Barcelona in that position from 2013 to 2017, and at the time was part of the feared 'MSN' trio, alongside Luis Suarez and the aforementioned Messi. Transfermarkt.com estimates his current market value at around €70 million.
However, the arrival of Neymar doesn't seem to be on the table, according to Xavi himself. The coach was surprised by rumors of a possible return. "He is not in our plans," said the coach, who played alongside the winger between 2013 and 2015. "I really like him as a friend. He is a fantastic player, but we have other priorities." One of those other priorities could be the arrival of Bernardo Silva, who is also attracting interest from the Spanish champion. The Manchester City playmaker is also under contract until 2025 and has a market value of €80 million.
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