The biggest transfer story of the summer has reached unprecedented fever pitch speculation and it surrounds Barcelona superstar Neymar who could make the move to moneybags Paris Saint-Germain.
The sheer finances of a potential deal is mind boggling with the French side willing to trigger Neymar’s massive buyout clause of €220million and offer the Brazilian a stunning €500,000 per week.
It would be the biggest transfer of all time by some distance and it is still hard to believe PSG would pull off such a move that would send shockwaves across Europe. However, the club from the French capital have adopted an extremely aggressive attitude towards this transfer window in a bid to wrestle domestic control back from rivals Monaco and more importantly, reach the coveted holy grail of Champions League glory.
A move to lure Neymar to Paris would be quite a statement of intent in their bid to conquer Europe. Barcelona have already identified Coutinho as a possible replacement such is the belief that a deal could be done.
The big question is, why would Neymar move from Barcelona to PSG? Apart from purely monetary motivations, there is nothing to suggest it would benefit his playing career. Ligue One is miles behind La Liga, the Premier League, Bundesliga and Serie A.
Apart from purely monetary motivations, there is nothing to suggest it would benefit his playing career. Ligue One is miles behind La Liga, the Premier League, Bundesliga and Serie A in general standard.
Barcelona are one of the world’s biggest and most romantic clubs with a history of great players, fantastic football and substantial support across the globe. PSG pale in comparison to the Nou Camp club. Only Real Madrid and Manchester United can claim to be bigger clubs than the team from Catalonia.
At 25 years old, Neymar is already the third best player on the planet behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Brazilian forward has not reached his peak yet and could yet wrestle a Balon D’or from the dominant duo with more patience.
Messi is 30 years old now, Neymar is seen as the heir to the Argentine’s crown. Messi is king now but Neymar is the prince in waiting and is still viewed as a great player in his own right. He does not need to move to PSG or somewhere else for that to be established.
Under Ernesto Valverde, Barcelona should be big contenders to win the Champions League with one or two more additions to improve the base of the team behind the terrific trio up top.
The club from the French capital are much further behind in the pecking order and still would be even with Neymar. That dramatic collapse from a 4-0 lead against the Catalans confirmed that PSG lack the mentality other big clubs have despite the talented players.
Some argue Neymar is looking for a fresh challenge but being a flat track bully in a weak league is not a challenge. A move to Old Trafford, take the number seven shirt and try help Manchester United back to the top of Europe where they belong. Now that would be a challenge, testing himself in the Premier League but while that would be an understandable move, it’s still for the moment at least a step down from Barcelona.
The only real step up would be making a switch to deadly rivals Real Madrid and that is a non-starter.
If Neymar goes to PSG, it would be a huge mistake in his career at a time when he is beginning to reach his peak. It would make no sense from a playing point of view.
This is why despite the widespread coverage this story is generating, training ground bust ups and cancelled press events in China, people find the possibility of an extraordinary move happening very hard to believe.