Barcelona: the Neymar transfer saga is simply an improbable factor

Neymar leaving Paris Saint-Germain for FC Barcelona is a distant dream. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Neymar leaving Paris Saint-Germain for FC Barcelona is a distant dream. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images) /

After the recent presidential elections, FC Barcelona would love to make a statement that echos around the world of football. They would love nothing more than to bring their prodigal son, Neymar, back to Camp Nou.

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Such a move would be a determining factor to restore Lionel Messi‘s lost faith and motivation to continue with the club. But the hopes of such a move happening this year are simply impossible. The financial debts of over 1,000 million euros have put the club under a bit of a crisis. Catalunya Radio claims that Barca could only manage an offer between €70m to €80m for the Brazillian’s transfer. That amount is not enough to intrigue PSG in any fashion.

PSG bought Neymar for €222m back in 2017; to let him leave for a substantial fee doesn’t make any sense. Even under the current financial situation under Covid-19, PSG will not be accepting any bid less than €150m.

An additional worry for Barcelona

The improbable factor doesn’t just end there. Even if the Blaugrana were to attain their former player back, the salary demands of the 29 years old are way beyond the Culers’ current abilities. Neymar’s salary is €70m per year. In reality, having both Messi alongside Neymar doesn’t make any sense considering the club’s current wage bill.

There is no chance that Neymar thinks of cutting his salary demands only to prioritize joining Barca. He is having a fantastic season with PSG in terms of European football. There is no way that the player’s demands do not substantially go up rather than going down. Additionally, reports claim that PSG would be willing to put a new deal on the table for Neymar that keeps his current salary structure intact.

"“Will I stay in Paris? PSG are a great team, now we’re in the semi-finals and we can dream. I’m very happy. We faced a great Bayern team. Now we are in the semi finals and we have to work even more, improve and hope to have a good semi final.” -Neymar via Marca."

Though Neymar’s contract is up by 2022, PSG won’t be looking forward to selling him if the bid is not astronomically lucrative for them to do so. A realistic approach would be to wait for the 2022 transfer window to pursue the player to join the Blaugrana without any transfer fee.

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