Barca offer Sh12b plus players for Neymar


Brazilian soccer player Neymar speaks during an interview with Reuters in Praia Grande, Sao Paulo ...
Brazilian soccer player Neymar speaks during an interview with Reuters in Praia Grande, Sao Paulo state, Brazil July 13, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

In Summary

  • Barcelona have made a £90m offer plus two players for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar as they continue their bid to resign the Brazilian
  • The La Liga champions have given PSG a list of six players that could be included in the deal, including Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo, Malcom and Samuel Umtiti

Barcelona have offered Sh11.6 billion plus two players for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar as they continue their bid to resign the Brazilian.

The La Liga champions have given PSG a list of six players that could be included in the deal, including Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo, Malcom and Samuel Umtiti.

It is understood the French club want over Sh25.8 billion for the 27-year-old.

Neymar has already told PSG he wants to leave, while their manager Thomas Tuchel admitted on Wednesday that he knew the Brazilian was keen on an exit before the Copa America.

PSG sporting director Leonardo said last week that Neymar could leave the French champions “if there is an offer that suits everyone”, while also confirming “superficial contact” with Barcelona.

PSG tried to convince Neymar to change his mind and the Brazil international did not tell his club where he would like to move to.

He was ruled out of the recent Copa America tournament – which Brazil won by beating Peru 3-1 in the final – because of an ankle injury sustained in a friendly against Qatar.

PSG signed Neymar for a world-record fee of Sh25.8 billion from Barcelona in August 2017.

It is also understood that reports that Neymar’s agent had been in talks with Juventus are not true.

In order to help persuade PSG to offload Neymar, Barcelona have offered them two players from the likes of Coutinho, Dembele, Rakitic, Semedo, Malcom and Umtiti. But why are they surplus to requirements at the La Liga champions?

Despite having only recently joined the Catalans for big-money fees, Coutinho and Dembele have largely flattered to deceive so far at the Camp Nou, with the club’s fans even getting on the back of the Brazil playmaker.

Barca have reportedly been looking to sell Rakitic this summer now the midfielder is 31, while Semedo and Malcom were both only bit-part players in Catalonia last season.

As for Umtiti, it is believed Barca have doubts over the France centre back’s fitness after he missed large parts of the previous campaign with a knee injury.

-Report by skysports

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