Neymar Jr.’s comments to ESPN over wanting to play again with his former FC Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi have many wondering if the Brazil international can do enough to convince the 33-year-old to join him with Paris Saint-Germain.
There are plenty of people who might be interested in this reunion to see if they could rekindle the chemistry they had when Neymar was at Barça. However, Canal Plus football analyst Bruno Satin believes that bringing Messi wouldn’t work financially, even if Les Parisiens were to sell Kylian Mbappé to Real Madrid.
During an appearance on Late Football Club (via Canal Supporters), Santi stated that because of the wages the Argentina international would command, such a move is financially irresponsible. He adds that any money from a potential Mbappé sale shouldn’t go towards paying the large salary of Messi’s.
“If you bring in someone like Messi, it’s the biggest salary of all, namely €100 million a year in gross at FC Barcelona. It calms down. It’s difficult to have Neymar and Messi on the same team. It’s too big a load. Let’s imagine that tomorrow, as everyone at the Camp des Loges seems to think, Kylian Mbappé does not renew his contract with PSG,” Satin said.
“It would bring in money. But you are not going to reinvest all of what you receive in transfer to pay two years of Messi’s salary. It would not make sense. We don’t know when it will decline. From the thirties, at a time, there is a change of direction, so I do not believe too much in the operation.”
Then Satin adds that he doesn’t see any incoming Barça President allowing Messi to leave because of the backlash they’d have to deal with after a departure.
“There are very few clubs that can afford to hire Messi,” Satin said. “And then I can not imagine the new president of Barça letting Messi go. It’s impossible! Whoever will let Lionel Messi go, he will already be burnt! It will be complicated to manage. We did a lot of a little sentence from Neymar. At the media level, it has gone up in hair. Neymar, he wants to have fun. He’s a guy who likes to play football.”
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