Barcelona must sell Neymar - insists Hunter

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Barcelona should react to a disastrous week on multiple fronts by making a bold move and allowing Neymar to leave to safeguard Lionel Messi's best years at the club, according to talkSport's Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.

Neymar has endured a difficult first campaign at the Camp Nou, not helped by revelations surrounding the true cost of the deal to Barca, which eventually led to president Sandro Rosell tendering his resignation in January.

The 22-year-old has posted impressive numbers in his debut campaign at the Camp Nou despite those off-field distractions, scoring 15 goals and setting up the same number, but Hunter is adamant that three successive defeats in all competitions have proved he can't play alongside Messi effectively.

When asked about Barca's best course of action Hunter told talkSPORT: "Sell him, if you’re brave. You say 'this has been an error, he’s fantastically talented but he’s the wrong player for the system and he doesn’t complement and won’t complement the great Messi years, that potentially are still to come.

"He won’t complement him, simply because he is a guy who needs his own space and he needs to play a different style of football. Right now you could sitll get every cent of your money back from Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain."

Barca boss Tata Martino is surely on borrowed time after defeats to Atletico Madrid, Granada and Real Madrid have ruined their chances of a treble and left the Catalan giants starting at the possibility of ending up pot-less.

Any potential transfer suitors face a hefty asking price surely exceeding £50m at a minimum though, when the double whammy of the World Cup as a further shop window and Barca's ban from signing new players for the next two windows are considered.

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