It took a global pandemic for FC Barcelona and their cheerleaders to realize Neymar Jr. isn’t walking through that door any time soon.
No club, including Paris Saint-Germain, has been immune to the realities of the coronavirus, and the financial fallout is expected to have a major impact on the upcoming transfer window.
Reduced transfer fees, loans, and player swap deals will be preferred over big-money signings. With PSG wanting €175 million for Neymar, I think it’s safe to say that the 28-year-old superstar will be with the Ligue 1 champions for one more season at the very least.
The realities of the situation have been noticed by La Liga president Javier Tebas who has been very critical of PSG in the past. According to the Express, Tebas confirmed that a Neymar-to-Barcelona transfer is simply not possible.
“The Neymar-type transfers will not happen,” Tebas said. “There may be exchange deals but that does not bring money into the league. There will be a few big moves, but nothing like we have seen before. The transfer market will be subdued. It is clear that there will be fewer direct cash transactions. There will be more player swaps.”
So, the next time you read a headline insinuating that Barcelona could sign Neymar ahead of next season, I suggest you save your click for something a little more believable.
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