Neymar is a household name across the world and is a huge talent player since he was spotted in Brazil playing for Santos. However, it looks like he is ready to call it quits in France in favor of a return to Spain with his former club Barcelona. Will the Catalan club be ready to stump up the cash?
Neymar arrived in the French capital city for a world record fee that blew the previous world record fee of £89 million (Paul Pogba to Manchester United) out of the water. Over double the amount was paid for the tricky Brazilian; £198 million (€222 million).
His time has been slightly rocky with PSG, despite winning the league three years in a row. He was pictured not joining in the celebrations during the Trophee des Champions win and then pushed out by Kylian Mbappe; after Neymar was dragged into join celebrations…awkward . He was also not present at the Monaco title deciding game last season and was rightly slammed by former France World Cup winner Christophe Dugarry.
There is a clear ego complex with the former Barcelona man and one that some teammates will not stand for as they feel Neymar receives special treatment over other players. Some are even calling it Neymarism.
This is not the first time that Neymar has declared he is unhappy and wants a return to his former club Barcelona. He was very adamant that a return would happen last summer and made his discontent well known to the media. However, Barcelona were more interested in French forward Antoine Griezmann and priortised the signing over their former player.
Neymar has missed a lot of league football through injuries this year but still managed to score thirteen goals in fifteen appearances. He also played a vital role in dumping Borussia Dortmund out of the Champions League by scoring both legs of the last sixteen tie.
There is no doubting that the ability is still there with the 28 year old, it is just do Barcelona want him back at the Nou Camp. After the failed offer of 130 million plus Ivan Rakitic, Jean-Clair Todibo and Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona are tempted to make another bid this summer that could tempt PSG in accepting.
There is certainly interest from the Spanish giants and when they have their mind set on something they ultimately succeed in getting their way. If Neymar does want out then it might be beneficial for PSG to sell one of their prized assest so that he disgruntled nature does not spread to his other teammates.
However, it is well know that PSG will facilitate their players’ happiness over their manager’s but with Thomas Tuchel in charge they have one of the brightest young talents in Europe and will have to choose carefully. If players see the owners bending over backwards for an unhappy player they might push the boundaries.
PSG might have to accept that their star man might have to leave to keep a harmonious side to push for the Champions League in 2020/21.