Neymar’s move to Barcelona is moving even closer and the two intermediaries working on the deal, Pini Zahavi and Kia Joorbachian, have agreed a fee. Barcelona now need to organise how to structure the payments to PSG and to decide whether or not to include a player in the deal.
However, reports in France reckon that PSG will not let Neymar go this summer despite all the speculation over his future. The player wants to quit the Ligue 1 champions, but the club’s Qatari owners want him to stay.
Liverpool have opened the door to an Anfield return for Philippe Coutinho. The Reds are prepared to give the Brazilian a second chance after he made it clear he would not join the club’s bitter rivals Manchester United because of his feelings for the Merseysiders.
Pep Guardiola has ruled out a return to Barcelona and has talked about how happy he is at Premier League champions Manchester City. He said: “I extended my contract because we have a young team, I have everything I desire to do my job. I won’t go back here [to Barcelona] or Germany. Where can I find facilities so good and in such a beautiful league as the Premier League?”
Pep Guardiola has also been talking about his time at Barcelona and how he would not have won as many trophies without Lionel Messi. He said: “There were a lot of generational stars in that team but without him, we wouldn’t have achieved as much. He was much more than the cherry on the top of the cake.”
Barcelona could be set to bring Neymar back to the club for his influence on and off the pitch. The Brazilian has a big social media following, plenty of sponsorship deals and will bring in increased profit from shirt sales, match tickets and TV rights.