MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 1: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona during the La Liga Santander match between Real Madrid v FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on March 1, 2020 in Madrid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Lionel Messi’s coterie at Barcelona was going to prove expensive at one point and it might all go wrong at the worst possible time.
Barcelona are looking to put their future in place once the transfer window opens this summer. Signing a replacement for Luis Suarez, most probably in the shape of Lautaro Martinez is the Catalans’ primary objective whereas bringing in Neymar in order to ease the load off Lionel Messi is another agenda on the cards at Camp Nou.
Lautaro Martinez’s deal seems more like a matter of time because personal terms seem to have been agreed between the two parties and satisfying Inter Milan is the only task on Barca’s radar. However, bringing in Neymar would be a tad bit more difficult given the player’s demands and the competition that the La Liga giants are facing.
Real Madrid have once again entered the race for the Brazil international after realising that he may come for much cheaper than earlier though,Diario GOL reports. Paris Saint-Germain have now slapped a price tag of 150 million euros on their world-record fee, making it a much more affordable transfer than the earlier one in excess of 200 million euros.
Neymar’s move to the Camp Nou may be jeopardized by the fact that Lionel Messi is still the one who runs the show in Barcelona and he may not become the holder of the limelight as he would if he joins Real Madrid. Messi’s dominance at Barca was epitomized by his slashing of Eric Abidal on Instagram and announcement of the pay-cut situation due to the virus.
On the other hand, the Merengues give equal worth to each and every player, so Neymar could still become the man of prominence at the Santiago Bernabeu given his marketability. Additionally, Real Madrid are reportedly willing to offer him a signing bonus of 50 million euros, a fee that’s definitely beyond Barcelona for the time being.
Do you see Neymar at Real Madrid if Barcelona’s situation doesn’t improve by the summer?