Barcelona ‘will try and sign both Neymar and Antoine Griezmann this summer’

Barcelona ‘will try and sign both Neymar and Antoine Griezmann this summer’ as they splash over £200m in pursuit of Champions League glory

  • Spanish newspaper Sport report that Barcelona believe they can sign both
  • Antoine Griezmann’s Atletico Madrid release clause is set to drop to £107m 
  • They will offer PSG a part-exchange deal to seal Brazil star Neymar’s return
  • Barcelona reportedly believe that both deals can be completed this summer
  • They are keen to bolster their forward line following Champions League failure 
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Barcelona ‘will try and sign both Neymar and Antoine Griezmann this summer’ as they plot a major strengthening of their forward line.

Spanish newspaper Sport report their ambitious plans as they bid to conquer Europe once again following last season’s Champions League semi-final collapse against Liverpool.

The Nou Camp club note it will be a difficult task to sign their former Brazilian star Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain and the French forward Griezmann from Atletico Madrid in the same window.

Spanish newspaper Sport report Barcelona's ambition to sign both Neymar and Griezmann

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Spanish newspaper Sport report Barcelona’s ambition to sign both Neymar and Griezmann

Neymar has made clear his wish to leave Paris Saint-Germain and may return to Barcelona

Neymar has made clear his wish to leave Paris Saint-Germain and may return to Barcelona

Neymar has made clear his wish to leave Paris Saint-Germain and may return to Barcelona

Barcelona also reportedly believe they can sign Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann

Barcelona also reportedly believe they can sign Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann

Barcelona also reportedly believe they can sign Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann

But with a £89.3million part-exchange deal being mooted for Neymar and Griezmann’s release clause dropping to £107m from £178.5m on July 1, they are reportedly optimistic on both fronts.

Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti are the three names shortlisted to be offered to PSG in order to seal Neymar’s return two years after his world record £196m move to Paris.

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Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has apparently sanctioned the double swoop having seen his team surrender a three-goal advantage to lose 4-0 to Liverpool and miss out on the Champions League final in Madrid.

Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in a world record £196m deal back in 2017

Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in a world record £196m deal back in 2017

Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in a world record £196m deal back in 2017

The Brazilian star is pictured returning to their Copa America camp following injury

The Brazilian star is pictured returning to their Copa America camp following injury

The Brazilian star is pictured returning to their Copa America camp following injury

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes it may be possible to sign both players
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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes it may be possible to sign both players

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes it may be possible to sign both players

If combined with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Neymar and Griezmann would give Barcelona arguably the most formidable front line in world football.

But, as Sport say, it would be a very complex strategy to sign both players given their wage demands.

Griezmann is still viewed as the more realistic of the two targets given he has already made plain his desire to leave Atletico.

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Neymar is similarly unsettled at PSG but Barcelona are braced for competition from Real Madrid for the Brazilian.

 


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