Various sources are reporting that Barcelona’s play to bring Neymar back from Paris Saint-Germain involves a deal that includes a large sum of money, plus the transfer of Ivan Rakitić, plus the sale or loan of Ousmane Dembélé.
While reporting on whether Rakitić would accept leaving or not is a bit conflicted, almost all sources say Dembélé does not want to go. Recently, his agent has taken to the media to say there was no way he would leave.
It’s becoming apparent that for Dembélé to move, he would need to be convinced that PSG would be a good place for him to continue to grow. And a key man in that would be coach Thomas Tuchel, who managed the Frenchman when the pair were at Borussia Dortmund.
Tuchel was the manager under whom Dembélé first really flourished, attracting Barça to spend a fortune on acquiring the young winger. As such, he knows all his qualities and what makes him tick.
Would Dembélé accept the move, even if only on loan?
If he doesn’t, can Barça still make Neymar happen? Perhaps not. The wage bill is already extremely high, and with Rakitić and Dembélé still on the books, it may start to prove impossible.