While Neymar’s future at PSG remains under a cloud of doubt, many will be shocked by the latest transfer rumor surrounding the Brazilian. According to Mundo Deportivo, he has offered himself back to Barcelona only a few months after leaving them in a record-breaking transfer.
But there is reason for the Blaugrana to be suspicious of the Brazilian’s intentions.
The Selecao ace has never appeared to fully settle down in Paris. There were claims of a row with Cavani and Unai Emery, with his quest to lift the Champions League with Les Parisiens ending after their round of 16 elimination at the hands of Real Madrid.
However, the 5-2 aggregate defeat against Los Blancos was not what sparked Neymar’s decision, as he informed the Catalan giant of his desire to return hours before the second-leg loss. The 26-year-old yearns to be back with the squad that he shined with.
According to the report, the attacker misses his former team-mates. This comes as little surprise, as he has returned to Barcelona a number of times after seeling his Parc des Princes switch. He has also been disappointed by the intensity of Ligue 1, which he sees as far inferior to La Liga.
He has also accepted that he was stubborn when forcing his Camp Nou exit, as he wished to step out from Lionel Messi’s shadow. The former Santos ace believes “he was blinded by the project and the great economic power of PSG”.
He has reportedly informed several people of his desire for a return. That includes his former team-mates, executives at the club, and one unnamed manager whom he has a great relationship with.
The world’s most expensive player does not see a return happening this summer but has his eyes on a 2019 reunion. However, not everyone at Barcelona will be open to resigning the Brazilian.
The bitter taste left in the Blaugrana’s mouth by his summer exit has not been fully washed away. The hefty transfer fee they received from the French club was reinvested in the squad and thus bringing Neymar back is not a priority for Valverde’s side.
There are some against it, while others believe it to be too hard to believe. Some see this offer by Neymar as a search for an alibi to join Barcelona’s bitter rival, Real Madrid. Should the Spanish Primera Division leader turn down the offer to resign him, which is the likeliest outcome, he would have the perfect excuse for joining Los Merengues – similar to the unfoldings that saw former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas join Chelsea.