MERCATO – REAL, CHELSEA, BARÇA, JUVE… FOR NEYMAR, OPTIONS IN QUESTION

Soon under contract with PSG until 2027, Neymar should not spend a quiet summer. The Brazilian superstar, whom Nasser al-Khelaïfi would like to part with, sees a host of suitors, more or less serious, come to the information to attract him out of the capital. With what chances of success? Overview of the clubs able to welcome him

Chelsea has changed era. But its ambitions have remained intact. Buying Neymar would allow the new owner, Todd Boehly, to send a first big signal to the competition. Especially since, from a sporting point of view, the transfer would not be as crazy as the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, which he would consider, according to several serious British media.

Thomas Tuchel is still in love with his talent, and has not really been convinced by the players whose role is to create imbalances at Chelsea (Pulisic, Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi …). Then there is the wink: at a time when Neymar was not yet Neymar, Chelsea was the first club to offer him a contract. It was in 2010, three years before his arrival in Europe, in Barcelona.
What makes the transfer difficult
The profusion of assets in attack. The Blues have a huge number of attacking elements in their squad. In order to make room for the Brazilian superstar, they must first clear out the clutter. If the loan of his biggest investment, namely Romelu Lukaku, to Inter, were to be confirmed, the London board would have only postponed the problem.

And whatever they say, Chelsea is now one or two points behind Manchester City and Liverpool in England. Neymar has never played in a team that was not among the favorites for the title in his league, since he arrived in Europe. It is difficult to know to what extent this type of challenge can interest him.

JUVENTUS
Why is it possible?
After another complicated season (only 4th in Serie A, eliminated in the round of 16 by Villarreal), the Old Lady is likely to live a turbulent summer. While Paulo Dybala is leaving the Turin club, and the latter seemed to rely on young players to move forward, the probable arrivals of Paul Pogba, whose lease at Manchester United ends on June 30, or Angel Di Maria, at the end of his contract with PSG, suggest another direction. That of a club that will not deprive itself of doing good business.
Like the questions around Matthijs de Ligt, that the Piedmontese could let go to Chelsea in exchange for Timo Werner, and a check. Neymar, in addition to the objective of making the club regain its glory, could be tempted by a sports project where he would be well surrounded. The latest rumors say that the entourage of the player has contacted the Bianconeri, a sign that the idea does not leave insensitive the former Barcelona.

NEWCASTLE
Why is it possible?
Simply because the Magpies, under the Saudi flag for almost a year, are one of the only teams in the world that can afford the Brazilian. His long lease and his salary (40 million euros per year) indicate that they will have to pay a high price to attract him away from PSG, who could still make an effort to part with him.
After a season in which they managed to keep their place in the Premier League, the black and white could mark the spirits and affirm their ambitions by managing to recruit the most expensive player in history. Who could be tempted by the prospect of being, this time, the only superstar on board, something he wanted in Paris but quickly took the water with the emergence of Kylian Mbappé and the arrival last year of Messi.
Allan Saint-Maximin’s teammates have another asset: the presence in the squad of Brazilians Joelinton and Bruno Guimaraes, which could facilitate his adaptation to the team.

MANCHESTER UNITED
Why it is possible
Because with Manchester United, anything is possible. For a long time now, the club’s choices have been driven by its marketing operations rather than by its sporting ambitions. In case of CR7’s departure, the Red Devils would get back another world star. And if the Portuguese stays… they would have two.
On the field, the two men could cohabit. Another major advantage: the Manchester club is probably the only candidate able to satisfy the Brazilian financially.

BARCELONA
Why is it possible?
“Who doesn’t like Neymar? He is an exceptional player.” The compliment was signed Joan Laporta, president of Barcelona, a month ago. If the story had ended badly between Neymar and the Blaugrana and that his departure, after 4 years in Catalonia, for France had been perceived as a crime of lèse-majesté, relations have clearly calmed down since.
The player would not have too much trouble to resume his habits. And then, the runner-up to Real Madrid in La Liga this season is struggling to wrest Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. If this major move of the mercato were to fail, the Spanish could try everything to ensure, all the same, a resounding blow this summer.

REAL MADRID
Why it is possible
To forget. Florentino Pérez wanted to offer a new galactic recruit to his socios, but for the first time, the player he dreamed of turned his back on him. The Madrid manager has always liked Neymar and he will probably never again have such a great opportunity to realize this old fantasy. This would be, by the way, a great affront to Barcelona.
Real still has a lot of money, as they have been tightening their belts relatively for the last two years. With Militão, Casemiro, Vinicius and Rodrygo, the Auriverde star will not be out of place.

 

 

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