Barcelona do not need Neymar, says former player

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Barcelona’s season is coming to an end, and the La Liga title is safely in the bag.

However, that was the Spanish champions' only trophy of the campaign - having missed out on the Champions League and the Copa del Rey - and the club, therefore, feels that a set of changes are needed in the squad this summer.

As a result, Barcelona have intensified their chase for Santos striker Neymar as part of their quest to strengthen their frontline for better results next season.

Technically, Neymar’s transfer could greatly enhance the flow of movement upfront and release the pressure on star man Lionel Messi, but Juan Carlos Rodriguez – who played for Barcelona between 1991 and 1994 before his spells at Valencia and Valladolid – claims that Neymar’s acquisition is not convenient for the Blaugrana.

“I do not know whether Barca need a player like Neymar,” he told La Xarxa. “Today, [Andres] Iniesta has a higher profile, and so is the case for Pedro and [David] Villa. The club already has what Neymar would bring.”

Rodrigues also hinted at the lack of compatibility between the Brazilian star and the Spanish side, although he recognised that the 21-year-old seemed developed enough to perform under the Barca jersey.

“I do not believe that all the players fit on the same template, but Neymar has the quality to play for Barcelona."

The Santos ace is currently on a contract keeping him at his club until after the 2014 World Cup finals. However, Barcelona are said to be pressing matters to lure Neymar away from Brazil as soon as this summer.

The Catalans recently had a bid rejected, which prompts them to reconsider their transfer strategies in order to make themselves appear more convincing to the Peixe in their next proposition.

So far, Neymar has denied all reports linking him to a move to Barca in the upcoming transfer window.


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