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Cruyff says Barcelona buying Neymar a waste of money

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Barcelona and Holland legend Johan Cruyff believes Barcelona do not need to pair Brazilian star Neymar with Lionel Messi any time soon.

The Camp Nou club have been heavily linked with a move for the Santos sensation, with reports even claiming a down payment having already been given to get first option on his signature.

The prospect of Neymar lining up alongside Messi would have had many Barcelona fans and neutrals salivating, but the Catalan club’s former player and manager fails to see the need for it.

Cruyff’s reasoning is that the side needs strengthening in other areas and that they already have a wealthy of attacking talent.

“The one department where Barcelona don't lack anything is scoring goals. So if you ask me whether they need Neymar, I'm going to have to say no," he told Catalunya Radio.

"Just look at the amount of goals they score. They already have good options up front."

Neymar’s future has been under constant discussion for the past two years since breaking onto the scene with Santos, and his spectacular exploits have led to many claiming he is on a par with the world’s best, such as Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

So there is some surprise in Cruyff’s words that Barcelona would be wasting their cash on another forward, as Neymar does not appear to by a regular talent.

Although the Dutchman’s words should be heeded as he knows his stuff; he won three European Cups as a player and two as a manager.

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