According to a recent report by Le Parisien (via the Daily Mirror), Barcelona have stepped up their chase of Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar by making a £55m offer (which could rise to £74m) that involves Philippe Coutinho moving to the French capital.
The same source has revealed that PSG do not fancy selling their Brazilian striker to the Catalans and would instead prefer to send him to Real Madrid if the right offer comes in for the player this summer.
Injuries Have Hampered Neymar’s Progress In The French Top-Flight
Neymar was left frustrated after being ravaged by injuries at the French capital last season. He failed to help his team go beyond the Round of 16 stages of the UEFA Champions League. Hence, a change of scenery in this off-season could be a welcome move for Neymar as he tries to reignite his career in European football.
There is no doubt that the Brazil international is a world-class forward. However, he has the potential to become one of the greatest players of his generation. Thus, it makes sense for him to move to a different club in search of European glory before the summer transfer window comes to a close on September 2nd.
The 27-year-old has appeared in a total of 58 matches for the French champions thus far, registering 51 goals while providing 29 assists on all fronts. Neymar has also played for the Brazilian national side in 97 international matches and has scored 60 goals for his nation in the process.
What Are The Brazilian Striker’s Strengths?
The PSG talisman is one of the most prolific goal-getters in Europe. The ex-Barca star boasts blistering pace and can make some well-timed runs behind the opposition defence. Neymar is an excellent dribbler with the ball as he has a low centre of gravity which enables him to beat his marker in the offensive end of the field. However, the Brazilian has had his fair share of injuries over the past few campaigns, which has derailed his playing career.
Is Neymar A Good Choice For Valverde?
Neymar’s acquisition could help Barca retain their La Liga crown and will also make them a favourite to win the UEFA Champions League at the end of this campaign. At 27, the former Santos prospect is currently playing at the peak of his career which the Catalans could look to benefit from over the new few seasons. The South American sensation will be a fantastic addition to Valverde’s squad even if the deal involves Coutinho moving in the other direction.
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