Barcelona are ready to make a new and improved offer for Neymar in the hope of concluding the player’s return before the transfer window shuts on September 2, according to Goal.com.
The saga involving Neymar has taken place throughout the summer unlike in 2017 when PSG flexed their financial muscle by simply activating the release clause in signing the player. The situation has been made for more complex due to Barcelona’s lack of sizeable transfer budget to meet PSG’s requirements of around €222 million for the player. Barcelona have also had a sizeable wage bill that had to be reduced in order to make room for Neymar.
Ernesto Valverde has already made accommodation for Neymar by sending Philippe Coutinho to Bayern Munich on a loan deal, which may be converted into a permanent move next summer for €120 million. The €500,000 per week contract for Coutinho was a significant factor behind Barcelona being unable to meet PSG’s asking price even though Neymar reportedly agreed to take a pay cut to complete the transfer.
Real Madrid’s presence in the fight to sign Neymar is also a crucial factor behind Barcelona upping their offer.
Both clubs have so far made offers that include players along with clash for the player. However, PSG have not been excited about such a deal, as their wage bill would become a problem. Barcelona’s latest offer is thought to be a significant improvement over the previous deal, while Ousmane Dembele has also been offered on a loan deal. Dembele is keen to stay at Barcelona and fight for his place, and a permanent move is not on his mind.
The offer may particularly entice PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, who has previously worked with Dembele at Borussia Dortmund.
Barcelona are also ready to offer more players as part of the deal, but it has not helped nudge PSG.
After having allowed Coutinho to leave, Barcelona need to bring in Neymar to act as a stalwart on the left side of the attack. The situation is not as desperate for Real Madrid, who have largely included surplus players like Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez as part of their offer.
Barcelona, though, do agree that the transfer needs to be completed as soon as possible in order to focus on football. The transfer speculation surrounding the squad appears to have had an indirect influence on results, as Barcelona opened the campaign with a shock 1-0 loss against Athletic Bilbao. Even though the club recovered to pick up a win against Real Betis during the weekend, the 5-2 success is certainly not confidence inspiring. There is still a week to go before the end of the deadline, but more dropped points in the league could spell trouble for the Catalans in the fight for the league title.
A potential stumbling block towards a deal could be the injuries suffered by Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani last weekend. Both players are expected to be out for a month, but PSG are unlikely to place excessive importance on such short-term injuries when it comes to a deal worth more than €200 million.