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Chelsea Enter The Race For This PSG Star: Can Pochettino Persuade His Former Colleague?

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Reports from Football.London suggests that Chelsea have joined the pursuit of Neymar in the upcoming summer transfer window. The Blues’ interest in the Brazilian forward has been piqued by Barcelona’s challenges in securing transfers, potentially opening the door for a potential move for the PSG star to Stamford Bridge.

Neymar’s Impressive Campaign At PSG So Far This Season

The Brazilian sensation has had a brilliant campaign at Parc des Princes after putting in a series of remarkable performances in the final third before picking up an injury. He has banged in eighteen goals and created thirteen assists for the Parisians over 29 appearances across all competitions.

The Sao-Paulo-born talent has been more than reliable in the attacking third based on his average of 1.9 shots, 2.5 key passes and 1.9 dribbles per game in Ligue 1. He has also been excellent with his ball distribution after completing 82.7% of his attempted passes in the French top-flight (stats via whoscored).

Neymar Jr.
SUITA, JAPAN – JULY 25: Neymar Jr of Paris Saint-Germain controls the ball under pressure of Ko Yanagisawa of Gamba Osaka during the preseason friendly between Paris Saint-Germain and Gamba Osaka at Panasonic Stadium Suita on July 25, 2022 in Suita, Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)

Neymar’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain lasts until the summer of 2025. Hence, it would be difficult to convince the French giants to sell him until and unless an enticing offer is made in the summer.

Can Chelsea Boss Mauricio Pochettino Persuade The Brazilian Star?

Neymar Jr. stands out as one of the most gifted footballers in the current era. The Brazilian sensation showcases a unique blend of technical brilliance, remarkable speed, and exceptional dribbling skills that captivate spectators on the field. His style of play exudes creativity and flair, making him a formidable attacking force, and his remarkable goal-scoring ability and knack for creating opportunities for his teammates have rightfully earned him a reputation as one of the world’s finest players.

At 31 years old, Neymar is also a proficient finisher who possesses a keen eye for goals. His versatility allows him to thrive both as a striker and on the wings, and his capacity to generate scoring chances for himself and his teammates adds immense value to any team fortunate enough to have him.

Mauricio Pochettino has prior experience coaching the 31-year-old during his tenure at Paris Saint-Germain, and he has drawn comparisons between Neymar and another Brazilian legend, Ronaldinho. Reflecting on their similarities, he stated, “Ronaldinho was my teammate when I played for PSG, and now Neymar. They both need to feel content and joyful to perform at their best.”

If PSG decides to pursue Bernardo Silva, who had previously attracted interest from Spain but may not be able to join Barcelona this summer, it could potentially clear the way for the West London club to acquire Neymar’s signature.

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