Next month would be crucial for the Neymar saga, as Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain will have the chance to discuss what is going to happen with the Brazilian star. They are set for face-to-face talks, with top officials from both clubs due to attend the European Club Association (ECA) summit in Liverpool on 16 August.
The ECA meeting between Europe’s top sides is intended to discuss changes to the Champions League from 2024 onward, but it will also serve as a valuable opportunity for Barça president Josep Maria Bartomeu and PSG’s Nasser Al Khelaifi to get together.
According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, the fact that the two presidents are in the same room could be more influential in resolving the saga than any telephone conversations they could have before the meeting.
This summer was expected to be a quiet one for Neymar, whose contract runs through 2021/22 with Les Parisiens. However, after he was involved in various scandals on and off the pitch, the Brazilian forward has publicly stated his desire to leave PSG, which has taken us to have one of the biggest transfer sagas we can remember in recent seasons.
Nevertheless, while Mundo Deportivo claims a Neymar return to the Camp Nou is very likely, with Lio Messi welcoming Ney back with open arms, Marca has told otherwise, claiming that the relationship between the clubs will make the deal very difficult to complete.
The Madrid-based publication suggests that while PSG are willing to part ways with Neymar, considering how bad it would be for the club keeping a player that obviously doesn’t want to remain with them, the French side is really not keen to do business with Barcelona and would ‘prioritize’ any other club before the Blaugrana.
Still, Barcelona hope the ECA meeting would help them ease a potential negotiation between the two sides. PSG have demonstrated their interest in finishing this whole thing, so this is a chance they have to take advantage of.