Neymar transfer: Barcelona loan deal being explored as Paris Saint-Germain move closer to sale

Barcelona are exploring a loan deal for Neymar, in order to bring him in this summer before a permanent move.

The forward’s situation at Paris Saint-Germain has become untenable, with Neymar having made clear his desire to leave, the fans abusing him, and the club realising it is in everyone’s best interest to move him on.

They have been actively looking for replacements – including Juventus’ Paulo Dybala – but the situation remains complicated by technical and financial issues, particularly regarding Financial Fair Play.

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Real Madrid had initially been Neymar’s first choice, but they do not have the money for even his wages without a significant sale, and in any case Zinedine Zidane would prefer a move for Paul Pogba.

A potential return to Barcelona has been one of the summer’s most high-profile sagas, but they are similarly struggling to come up with the funds.


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1/38 Ranked and rated: Summer signings

2/38 Jetro Willems (Newcastle) – 3.5

3/38 Che Adams (Southampton) – 4

4/38 Craig Dawson (Watford) – 4

5/38 Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle) – 4.5

6/38 Jota (Aston Villa) – 5

7/38 Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) – 5

8/38 Andre Gomes (Everton) – 5

9/38 Josip Drmic (Norwich) – 5

10/38 Callum Robinson (Sheffield United) – 5

11/38 Ayoze Perez (Leicester) – 5

12/38 Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal) – 5.5

13/38 Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) – 5.5

14/38 Patrick Cutrone (Wolves) – 6

15/38 Wesley (Aston Villa) – 6

16/38 Youri Tielemans (Leicester) – 6

17/38 Luke Freeman (Sheffield United) – 6

18/38 Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) – 6

19/38 Moise Kean (Everton) – 6

20/38 Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Everton) – 6

21/38 Sebastian Haller (West Ham) – 6

22/38 Trezeguet (Aston Villa) – 6

23/38 Raul Jiminez (Wolves) – 6

24/38 Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) – 6.5

25/38 Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) – 6.5

26/38 Bjorn Engels (Aston Villa) – 7

27/38 Joelinton (Newcastle) – 7

28/38 Oli McBurnie (Sheffield United) – 7

29/38 Rodri (Manchester City) – 7

30/38 Philip Billing (Bournemouth) – 7

31/38 Leander Dendoncker (Wolves) – 7

32/38 Erik Pieters (Burnley) – 7.5

33/38 Neal Maupay (Brighton) – 7.5

34/38 Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham) – 7.5

35/38 Daniel James (Manchester United) – 8

36/38 Tom Heaton (Aston Villa) – 8

37/38 Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United) – 8

38/38 Harry Maguire (Manchester United) – 9

1/38 Ranked and rated: Summer signings

2/38 Jetro Willems (Newcastle) – 3.5

3/38 Che Adams (Southampton) – 4

4/38 Craig Dawson (Watford) – 4

5/38 Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle) – 4.5

6/38 Jota (Aston Villa) – 5

7/38 Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) – 5

8/38 Andre Gomes (Everton) – 5

9/38 Josip Drmic (Norwich) – 5

10/38 Callum Robinson (Sheffield United) – 5

11/38 Ayoze Perez (Leicester) – 5

12/38 Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal) – 5.5

13/38 Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) – 5.5

14/38 Patrick Cutrone (Wolves) – 6

15/38 Wesley (Aston Villa) – 6

16/38 Youri Tielemans (Leicester) – 6

17/38 Luke Freeman (Sheffield United) – 6

18/38 Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) – 6

19/38 Moise Kean (Everton) – 6

20/38 Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Everton) – 6

21/38 Sebastian Haller (West Ham) – 6

22/38 Trezeguet (Aston Villa) – 6

23/38 Raul Jiminez (Wolves) – 6

24/38 Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) – 6.5

25/38 Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) – 6.5

26/38 Bjorn Engels (Aston Villa) – 7

27/38 Joelinton (Newcastle) – 7

28/38 Oli McBurnie (Sheffield United) – 7

29/38 Rodri (Manchester City) – 7

30/38 Philip Billing (Bournemouth) – 7

31/38 Leander Dendoncker (Wolves) – 7

32/38 Erik Pieters (Burnley) – 7.5

33/38 Neal Maupay (Brighton) – 7.5

34/38 Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham) – 7.5

35/38 Daniel James (Manchester United) – 8

36/38 Tom Heaton (Aston Villa) – 8

37/38 Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United) – 8

38/38 Harry Maguire (Manchester United) – 9

There have been attempts to work a deal where they could swap him for cash and players like Philippe Coutinho or Ousmane Dembele, but that hasn’t yet proved possible.

Sources feel the most amenable option may be a loan, and it is understood some of Neymar’s Brazilian teammates at Madrid and Barca currently feel this is likeliest.

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