Neymar’s £200 million move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain is unquestionably one of the most shocking transfers of the modern era - and not just because of the eye-watering figures involved in the deal.
The Brazilian forward appeared to be at the perfect club for his talents and was part of a joyous three-pronged attack - alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez - that was capable of destroying any defence on the planet.
Had Neymar stayed at the Camp Nou for longer, there’s every chance that attacking trio would now be widely regarded as the best of all time.
However, the South American suddenly decided in 2017 that he wanted a new challenge after PSG made a surprise move to secure his services.
Barça resisted for as long as possible but Neymar, whose teammates did their best to convince him to stay at the Camp Nou, eventually got his way after taking the decision to leave the Catalan giants for the oil-rich Parisians.
The suggestion was that Neymar wanted to emerge from Lionel Messi’s shadow and establish his status as the world’s best footballer. But 15 months later and Neymar’s reputation has taken something of a nose-dive.
He’s scored goals consistently at the Parc des Princes - 41 in 46 games, to be precise - but producing the goods in Ligue 1 doesn’t carry the same weight as doing the business against the best clubs in Spain.
In recent weeks, there have been murmurs that Neymar regrets his decision to join PSG and wishes he was back at Barça.
And now, according to a detailed report from Goal.com, it seems there’s a genuine chance that Neymar’s wish could soon come true.
The report claims that Barça have now set in motion their ‘Operation Neymar’ to re-sign the world-class forward, whose departure from the Camp Nou left a big hole.
They’ve been in touch with Neymar’s camp to begin the process of a shock comeback to Catalonia after learning the player is unhappy at the Parc des Princes and looking for a way out.
After being contacted by Neymar’s team, Barça’s directors have reportedly responded with ‘detail instructions’ of how to make the move a reality.
First and foremost, they want Neymar to make a public statement ‘assuming his rashness’ in the way he departed the Camp Nou in the summer of 2017. This would go some way to easing the concerns of wary supporters.
Neymar - who is currently the world’s highest-paid footballer, taking home an astronomical £775,477 every week - would also be required to take a pay cut.
Goal understand that Neymar would be willing to negotiate lower terms in order to complete a return to the Camp Nou.
Once all this was agreed, Barça would then need to compensate PSG in the form of a hefty transfer fee.
They are apparently open to using either Ivan Rakitic or Ousmane Dembele as bargaining chips.
Basically, though, it’s now down to Neymar to force the issue and show that he’s serious about wanting to re-join Messi and co. at the Camp Nou.
Watch this space.
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