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Barcelona Ready To Give Up £90m Plus Two Players For This Player: Wise Move For Valverde?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by Sky in Germany, Barcelona have offered £90m plus two players to convince Paris Saint-Germain to sell Neymar Jr. this summer. The Catalan giants have given the French champions a list of six players which include the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo, Malcom and Samuel Umtiti (via Sky Sports).

PSG will be free to choose any two players from the list and will also receive £90m if they allow the Brazil international to seal a return back to the Nou Camp in this off-season (via Sky Sports).

Neymar’s Injury Struck Season In The French Top-Flight

Neymar was a frustrated figure at the French capital as he had a poor run with injuries last season. He only managed to make six appearances in Europe as PSG failed in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages once again. They got beat by Manchester United after a dismal second leg performance at Parc des Princes. A change of scenery could help Neymar rekindle his career in European football, so a return to Barcelona might be appealing to him at this moment.

The Brazilian Striker’s Outstanding Record For PSG

During his time in France, the Brazilian speedster has featured in a total of 58 matches for PSG, scoring 51 goals while earning 29 assists across multiple competitions. He was also enjoying a sensational run of form for the Ligue 1 heavyweights in the last term when he registered 23 goals and grabbing 13 assists in 28 appearances on all fronts. Neymar had attempted an average of 3.2 shots, 2.5 key passes and 4.4 dribbles per game in the French top-flight last season (stats via whoscored).

The former Santos prospect has also represented Brazil in 97 international matches while finding the back of the net on 60 occasions for his nation thus far. Neymar is a natural goal-getter, but he needs to work hard on improving his fitness so that he can play more games in the coming years.

What Will Neymar Add To Valverde’s Team?

The PSG superstar boasts blistering pace and has a lot of tricks under his belt, which makes him such a dangerous prospect for the opposition defenders. He comes alive when left isolated with his marker in a 1v1 situation out on the wide areas. Neymar is a consistent goal-scorer at the highest level even though he can be a bit selfish at times with his decision making in the final third.

Bringing Back Neymar: Wise Move For The Catalans?

Re-signing Neymar this summer could make Ernesto Valverde’s side the favourites to win the UEFA Champions League next season. He will improve the overall quality of the Barca first-team and help them compete on all fronts next season. Thus, it could prove to be a shrewd move for Barca to bring Neymar back to Spanish football before the start of the new season.

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