The prospect of Neymar’s return to Barcelona has encountered resistance. On Monday, reports surfaced that the Brazilian wants to return to Camp Nou. However, heading back to Spain is a complex solution.
While the finances are one issue that is likely stopping a transfer from occurring, there’s also the tactical. Although the Brazilian is one of the best players in the world, he won’t fit manager Xavi Hernandez’s tactics.
ESPN FC reports that despite Barça President Joan Laporta’s willingness to support a potential Neymar move, Xavi remains unconvinced that the PSG star is the right fit.
More: Xavi does not believe Neymar is the right fit for his team. However, Barça President, Joan Laporta would support a Neymar move. Laporta earlier wanted to sign Rúben Neves to replace Sergio Busquets, but Xavi rejected that idea, and Romeu was signed instead.
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The recent developments surrounding Barcelona’s transfer activities have further highlighted the internal dynamics. Laporta had reportedly expressed interest in securing then-Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Rúben Neves to replace Sergio Busquets.
However, Xavi’s rejection of the idea led to the signing of Oriol Romeu instead. As a result, these examples showcase the manager’s influence over transfer decisions.
Furthermore, if the 31-year-old wants to reunite with the Catalan side, he must take a significant pay cut. Will he be willing to do so at this age in his career and injury history? These next few weeks will be interesting to see as this saga unfolds.