La Liga giants Barcelona are back in the transfer market for Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar.
They plan on luring him summer by exchanging Antoine Griezmann and €80 million in cash.
According to Don Balon, Barcelona ace Lionel Messi is not satisfied with Griezmann’s role in the team, despite the Frenchman rising up to expectations especially in recent games. The 28-year-old did score four goals and provide three assists in 11 appearances for the Blaugrana so far in 2019-20, but he is more of a central striker and not a winger.
The Spanish news agency further claims that Messi wants the club to find a winger so that the new signing can form a true partnership in attack, alongside himself and Luis Suarez.
Apparently, Neymar is still hopeful of a return to Barcelona after the club failed to sign him this summer, and hence the five-time Ballon d’Or winner wants the club to target the Brazilian at the end of the ongoing season.
Griezmann arrived at the Camp Nou in July, for a reported transfer fee of €135 million. As PSG have reportedly fixed an asking price of €215 million for Neymar, it is expected that Barcelona will exchange the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner and also €80 million in cash, in order to sign the 27-year-old next July.
The Brazil international joined the French champions in the summer of 2017 because he felt he would be able to escape Lionel Messi’s shadow to become a talisman somewhere else. Except that hasn’t been the case. Instead, Mbappe is the darling of the Parc des Princes and manager Thomas Tuchel in particular. The Ligue 1 giants were open to letting Neymar go this summer but only had they received a suitable offer.