Barcelona signing Neymar in the next transfer window is nearly “impossible”, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague. Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has been heavily linked with a return to the Nou Camp three years after leaving for a world-record transfer fee of £200million. Barca forward Lionel Messi is keen on Neymar returning and reigniting the partnership they built so successfully before.
But Balague does not think Barca will have the money available to sign Neymar.
The Catalan club are also targeting Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.
Balague says a swap deal with Inter for Martinez could be possible but a deal of that nature with PSG for Neymar is extremely unlikely.
“Barcelona, if you look at the newspapers [in Spain], I think a bit of the role that they do is to keep the show going,” Balague said on his YouTube channel.
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“So basically trying to convince everybody that big things can happen, that’s part of the deal of sports newspapers.
“Now, Lautaro Martinez and Neymar are targets, that’s very, very clear, that’s very obvious – there won’t be money for both of them.
“Possibly, the Neymar deal will be so impossible financially that I don’t think it will happen, not this summer.
“We’ll have to keep an eye on it because I know that [Josep Maria] Bartomeu in his last season [as president] wants to make a big impact and to leave a Barcelona that can compete for things, hence wanting Lautaro and wanting Neymar.
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“The only possibility they can actually get either of those players, because I don’t think both of them will be possible, is a swap of players.
“But you tend to do that with clubs that are friendly. Inter is friendly to Barcelona, PSG not so much.”
Meanwhile, Balague can see Barca struggling like Manchester United have in recent seasons once Messi finally leaves.
“In two or three years, or even more, we won’t see the same amount of expenditure in the market as we’ve seen in recent years,” Balague added.
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“It means that it will all be about making the club stable financially, so no big expenses.
“With all that in mind, with the lack of direction of the club, with a board that have basically backed the players up above anything else, you have a club not taking big decisions that they should.
“They run the risk of having a few years like Manchester United.
“The post-Messi could be really, really terrible unless people come in and do the kind of things that they have to do.”
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