It appears a return to Camp Nou is not yet completely out of the picture for Neymar as Paris Saint-Germain laid out its demand to Barcelona for a possible deal. PSG is said to be asking Barca its ill-starred forward Ousmane Dembele and additional cash in exchange for the Brazilian superstar, whom the Spanish club can use to convince Lionel Messi to stay.
According to Goal, PSG is demanding around $91 million-plus Dembele from the Blaugrana for a potential exchange agreement that would bring Neymar back to Spain.
Despite his injury-bugged run with the Catalans, Dembele’s promising repertoire has still made him a target for PSG. In fact, the same report claims the French club “will only consider selling Neymar for a reduced fee when the transfer market reopens if they get Dembele in return.”
With that said, the impending deal is perceived as a win-win situation for both giant clubs, especially for Barcelona, which has long wanted to send Dembele packing after the French footballer failed to live up to the hype upon his entry at Camp Nou in 2017.
“The Catalans should not have any problems going ahead with this deal as they have looked hard enough for a way to get rid of and offload Dembele, a player they bought for a sum of €105 million from BVB supposed to be a replacement for Neymar,” Nikhil Venkat Sai of Everything Barca wrote.
“However, the Frenchman has failed miserably at the club; having spent most of his time injured.”
It seems to be the most ideal situation for Barca. By agreeing on the said terms, the Catalans could be hitting multiple birds with one stone: having the reason to keep Messi, finally getting rid of Dembele, and acquiring talent in place for top target Lautaro Martinez at a relatively lower cost.
“This deal is within the limits of FC Barcelona and given their current situation, signing Lautaro Martinez seems highly impossible. They should accept what is available for now as this deal might even convince Messi to stay at the club and not to forget, restore the infamous MSN trio for maybe one last season. The arrival of Neymar at Camp Nou will severely boost the Blaugranes’ chances of lifting both the La Liga and UCL next season (as) they did back in 2015,” the report added.
The development is a huge morale boost for Barcelona fans, especially on the heels of losing the La Liga title to Real Madrid on Thursday. With Neymar possibly running it back with Messi in the next season, Barca supporters believe that redemption is just around the corner.
Ousmane Dembele (L) of Barcelona competes for the ball with Axel Witsel of Borussia Dortmund