As transfer speculations swirl around Brazilian superstar Neymar, who is reportedly on the radar for a potential return to Barcelona. FC Barcelona Manager Xavi Hernandez has addressed these rumors in a recent press conference. Neymar Jr, currently playing for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), has been linked to a move away from the French club. With various reports suggesting that PSG is actively working to facilitate his departure.
Neymar Jr. Concerns
Neymar’s time at PSG has been marred by recurring injury concerns, limiting his playing time and impacting his overall performance. Since his record-breaking transfer fee of £190 million (€222 million) in 2017, Neymar jr. has struggled to make a consistent impact in Ligue 1. His inability to lead PSG to a UEFA Champions League victory, despite reaching the final in 2020, has also been a point of contention.
During his previous stint at Barcelona from 2013 to 2017, Neymar enjoyed immense success. Forming a formidable attacking trio alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, commonly known as ‘MSN’. The Brazilian forward clinched several titles during this period, including the coveted Champions League and La Liga trophies.
Xavi against Neymar Jr. Signing?
While rumors suggest that Barcelona’s President, Joan Laporta, is keen on reacquiring Neymar, Manager Xavi appears to have a different preference. Recent reports indicate that Xavi is more interested in acquiring Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva. This divergence in opinion regarding potential signings has raised questions about the club’s transfer strategy.
In a press conference following Barcelona’s 4-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Joan Gamper Trophy, Xavi was asked about the Neymar links. His response was cautious, “I cannot say anything more about Neymar. Last year I had mentioned a name of a player from another team and that club got angry. From here until the end of the market, we will see.”
Xavi also highlighted the importance of strengthening the squad for the upcoming season, emphasizing the need to bolster various positions. “We have to strengthen ourselves well. The sports area and the president know this reality. I’m happy with how our players are training and our pre-season,” Xavi stated.
Amidst these transfer deliberations, Barcelona might face competition from Saudi Pro League clubs under PIF ownership and potentially Newcastle United. Depending on the future direction of the club’s owners and their approach to the transfer policy. As the transfer window unfolds, the fate of Neymar’s potential return to Barcelona remains uncertain, leaving fans and football enthusiasts eagerly awaiting the outcome.