Neymar, who recently showed ‘honey chemistry’ with Lee Kang-in on his Asian tour, is reportedly set to leave Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and return to his hometown team Barcelona.
Spain’s Mundo Deportivo reported on July 7 (KST), “Neymar and Barcelona have been linked again in recent days. Neymar is set to sign for Barcelona this summer and the issue is sparking a lively debate within the club.”
“PSG have offered Neymar to Barcelona for Ousmane Dembele,” says Spain Sport, suggesting that Dembele and Neymar would switch teams in a swap deal, while Gerard Romero, one of Barcelona’s most trusted sources, says: “The negotiations between Barcelona and Neymar are heating up. Neymar is ready to take a pay cut to return to Barcelona.”
The Brazilian forward is regarded as one of the best players in the world, following in the footsteps of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
After arriving at Barcelona from Brazilian side Santos in 2013 as one of the world’s top prospects, Neymar impressed in his first season with nine goals and 10 assists in La Liga and four goals and five assists in the UEFA Champions League.
The 2014/15 season saw the arrival of Luis Suarez from Liverpool, who formed the ‘MSN Trio’ with Lionel Messi. They won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League that season, the second triple in the club’s history. In the 2015/16 season, he was the team’s top ace while Messi was sidelined with injury. With 24 goals and 16 assists in the league alone, he led Barcelona to the league title and was touted as Messi’s heir apparent.
However, Neymar’s time with Barcelona came to an end in the 2016/17 season. After a poor season that saw Barcelona miss out on the league title and reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League, Neymar wanted a new challenge and left for PSG.
The transfer fee was a buyout clause of €222 million ($313.7 million). The buyout was set by Barcelona to ensure that they would never sell Neymar, but PSG, backed by Qatari oil money, paid a somewhat unorthodox transfer fee and the rest is history. Neymar’s fee still stands as the most expensive transfer in soccer history.
Neymar arrived at PSG with high expectations, but he struggled to adapt to the rougher style of play in Ligue 1. Injuries sidelined him at crucial junctures, and PSG repeatedly failed to win the coveted Champions League.카지노
Neymar, who was considered the next big thing after Ronaldo and Messi, never won a Ballon d’Or and is now being pushed aside by younger players like Kylian Mbappe and Elling Holland.
Now in his sixth year at PSG, Neymar looked set to continue playing for the club this season, having joined them on their Asian tour despite the ankle injury he sustained in February. This summer, in particular, the Frenchman has been linked with a move to the