After Paris Saint-Germain crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday night at the hands of Manchester City, rumors immediately began to circulate again about Neymar’s future.
The Brazilian moved to the French capital in 2017 in a world record £ 198 million move from Barcelona, as he wanted to step out of Lionel Messi’s shadow and go solo in his bid to become the best player in the sport.
But the truth is, it never really felt like a steady relationship between Neymar and the Ligue 1 giants.
Neymar had another extremely frustrating night with Paris Saint-Germain in Europe
Tuesday’s defeat to Manchester City was painful for the Brazilian forward
From the outset, the Brazilian had problems in Paris and even went AWOL in the summer of 2019 when he tried to force a return to Barcelona just two years later after PSG pushed up the eye-watering transfer fee.
PSG went so far as to confirm that they would take disciplinary action against the world’s most expensive player for not signing up for his pre-season duties.
PSG had turned the hierarchy of European football upside down when their Qatari owners approved a shockwave for the former Santos man, in what was dubbed ‘Operation Neymar’, but things soon threatened to turn into a little circus in the world. French capital.
Neymar made it very clear to then PSG boss Thomas Tuchel that he wanted to reunite with Messi and Luis Suarez at the Camp Nou, but as much as Barcelona wanted him, they couldn’t pick the required money.
So Neymar reluctantly sat and had a long way back trying to appease the PSG believers. But over time, that relationship has healed somewhat and there has been talk recently that he could even renew his Paris deal.
With the 29-year-old’s deal at PSG expiring next summer, PSG is looking to tie him to a lucrative long-term contract extension as they are desperate to make sure he doesn’t leave for free in 2022 or a cheap deal in the upcoming transfer window.
Neymar has himself admitted that he is happier than ever in France, claiming: ‘I have time on my contract here at PSG. We want to do what’s best for everyone.
“I have already said that I am happy here and that I feel much better than in previous seasons.”
Mundo Deportivo reports that Barcelona is in the red in connection with Neymar’s situation at PSG
But in the background, Barcelona is chipping again and determined to lure him back to Camp Nou.
There are continuous reports that Barça is trying to lure him back this summer Sports world took advantage of PSG’s exit from the Champions League to fuel a possible transfer even further.
The Spanish publication reports that Barcelona knows Neymar wants to return and believes PSG’s European heartbreak could provoke his departure this summer.
But how realistic is a sensational return to the Catalan giants?
If Barcelona made a deal for Neymar, it would be a truly sensational coup and perhaps the most talked about transfer of all summer – next to where Erling Haaland’s £ 154 million lands.
Neymar was meant to turn the Parisians into a European superpower and establish himself as the best player in the world after moving just under four years ago.
But that was far from the case, with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo continuing to dominate the sport for the past few years. And this season, the Champions League continued to avoid the Brazilian.
PSG’s exit against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side on Tuesday night at the Etihad further confirmed that his move to Paris has simply not yet been successful.
The Brazilian is associated with a sensational reunion with Lionel Messi at Camp Nou
Neymar found himself on the periphery of Manchester when Mauricio Pochettino’s side had no answer to the sparkling football and City’s stubborn defense.
As the draw slid further and further out of PSG’s reach, Neymar and his PSG teammates began to lose their heads in a desperate attempt to somehow make it back to the semi-finals.
It’s a PSG team built to win Europe’s biggest prize, putting together an astonishingly expensive batch of superstars including Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, Marquinhos and Co.
Since Neymar’s move to France, PSG failed to get past the last 16 leg in his first two seasons with the club, before losing last season’s final to Bayern Munich before whining out against City .
While they have dominated France for years (although this season is at stake in Ligue 1), they have simply not lived up to expectations in the Champions League – the prize that everyone at the club craves so desperately.
And Neymar is no different. The longer the wait for European glory, the more his head will turn.
Neymar’s patience will run out with PSG and Barcelona will try to take advantage of his situation – knowing that he would love to partner with Messi at the Nou Camp again before the six-time Ballon d’Or winner finally heads to the MLS. . perhaps.
Mauricio Pochettino will be desperate to tie the 29-year-old to a new deal in Paris
But despite Neymar getting ready for his senior year in the French capital and with rumors raging about his uncertain future, it’s hard to see past Barcelona’s current financial crisis.
In early February, Barcelona’s debt was believed to be around £ 1 billion – meaning major transfer targets are unlikely.
It is impossible to understand how Barcelona can afford a romantic move for Neymar in their current situation amid the Covid pandemic, and even if the Brazilian is on the market in the summer for something cheaper if PSG has no new terms yet. figured out, he would. certainly still outside the Spaniard’s price range.
With other clubs set to be priced for Neymar as well, given what PSG paid for his services in 2017, there doesn’t seem to be much of an opportunity for the Brazilian forward.
PSG will do whatever it takes to hold on to their 29-year-old, and coinciding with a lack of interest elsewhere, it’s hard to overlook him signing a new deal in France.
Neymar will certainly want more from his time at PSG and will not be satisfied until he finally wins the Champions League again.
If his dream comes true soon enough, rumors of a move will stop, but Neymar and PSG both know that if their European ambitions continue to elude them, they may have to part somewhere along the line.