Isaac Chukwuma
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Barcelona want to sign Neymar on loan

Barcelona want to bring back Neymar in a loan deal which would be make permanent next summer, but Paris saint-German remain reluctant to negotiate with the Catalan club.
The Brazilian forward wants to leave the Parc des Princes this summer and PSG have said the 27-year-old can go if the right offer comes in, just two years after he was signed for a world-record €222million fee from Barca.
Standard Sport understands

PSG are keen to recoup at least €200m if Neymar is sold, but Barcelona do not have the funds to buy the Brazilian after signing Frenkie de Jong, Antoine Griezmann, Junior Firpo and Neto for a total outlay of around €240m in the current transfer window.

The Blaugrana had hoped PSG would accept a player-plus-cash deal , with Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic moving to Paris in part-exchange for the former Santos forward, but the French champions gave short shrift to that proposal.

Barca have the highest wage bill in world football (prior even to Griezmann's arrival) and with funds tight at Camp Nou, the Catalans believe a loan move would be the best solution, with a permanent transfer completed next summer.
That is how PSG signed Kylian Mbappe in 2017, having already bought Neymar from Barca, with the Parisians completing the €180m transfer for the Monaco striker the following year. However, they have no plans to accept such a deal from the Blaugrana.

Relations between the two clubs are notoriously poor, with bad blood from Neymar's original move two years ago, indignation in Paris at the Barca's sponsorship deal with Qatar before that and also tension resulting from the Catalans' transfer tactics in pursuing a number of PSG players in recent years, including Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Marco Verratti.


Standard Sport understands PSG would be prepared to reach such an agreement with another club and Neymar is being offered around to Europe's elite teams.

The player, however, is intent on moving only to Barcelona.

The Parisians' stance could change later in the transfer window if they receive no other offers for the Brazilian, but at the moment their idea is to sell Neymar to any club – as long as that club is not Barcelona. And they are certainly not prepared to offer and special conditions to the Catalans.

Neymar is eager to return to Barca after his 2017 move to PSG.

Meanwhile, Barca are keeping their cards close to their chest in public and on Sunday, vice-president Jordi Cardoner said the club had no plans to sign Neymar, for now at least, echoing previous comments from president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Behind the scenes, however, Barca are working on ways to bring back the Brazilian and Bartomeu is expected to discuss the matter in a meeting in the United States this week with sporting director Eric Abidal, assistant Ramon Planes and CEO Oscar Grau.

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