PSG and Barcelona working on a solution for Neymar move with swap deal involving Coutinho and £63m ‘the most viable’ option
- Barcelona are working on a deal to re-sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain
- The La Liga champions are likely to offer Philippe Coutinho and £63million
- Barca plan to limit their expenditure in order to comply with financial rules
- Neymar informed Thomas Tuchel of his desire to leave before the Copa America
Barcelona are working on a deal to re-sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, with Philippe Coutinho heading in the other direction.
According to Sport, the Catalan club are planning to offer £63million and Coutinho in exchange for the Brazilian forward.
Neymar has expressed a desire to leave PSG, and Sport claim a Coutinho and cash swap deal is considered ‘the most viable option’ for all parties.
Neymar is put through his paces at the gym upon his return to pre-season training this week
PSG have now accepted the 27 year-old’s decision to depart and are determined to recoup some of the £198m world-record fee paid to sign him in 2017.
However, Barca are reluctant to pay the full amount and have stipulated that any payment for the player must be postponed until July 2020.
After the £108m signing of Antoine Griezmann, Barca will offer a smaller fee and Coutinho in order to comply with financial fair play regulations.
Coutinho may be used as a makeweight in order for Neymar to return to Barcelona
The former Liverpool man has scored 21 goals in 76 appearances since moving to the Nou Camp in January 2018 but has been deemed surplus to requirements by Ernesto Valverde.
Meanwhile, Neymar returned to pre-season training in Paris on Monday after undermining his employers by playing in a five-a-side tournament in his home town of Praia Grande.
The former Santos star appears to be biding his time until the two clubs and his representatives can reach an agreement on his return to Spain.
Neymar was late to return to pre-season after playing in a five-a-side- tournament in Brazil