August 25, 2019

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Liar Poker and War of Words between PSG and Neymar Jr

The negotiations on the true-false start of the Brazilian star of Paris-Saint-Germain turn into a game of foolishness between the club, the player and FC Barcelona, ​​in particular.

By Rémi Dupré Posted today at 14h44

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Neymar Jr, during a training of PSG, Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Yvelines), August 17.
Neymar Jr, during a training of PSG, Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Yvelines), August 17. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

Juicy offer with the arrival of several seasoned players, loan with mandatory purchase option, colossal sum … The leaders of FC Barcelona have had to deploy the treasures of imagination to build the formula that would allow them to snatch the attacker Brazilian Neymar Junior of the claws of Paris-Saint-Germain, nothing helps. And even if the Brazilian star is not once again present in the group of PSG players who faces Toulouse Sunday, August 25 during the third day of Ligue 1, his departure becomes more and more hypothetical.

No proposal has so far found favor thanks to the eyes of Leonardo, the inflexible sports director of the club of the capital, returned to the controls after six years of absence. Three offers have arrived on his desk in recent weeks. The latest has come from Real Madrid, inclined to sell, in more than 100 million euros, three confirmed but undesirable elements (goalkeeper Keylor Navas, Welsh winger Gareth Bale and Colombian striker James Rodriguez) in exchange of only Neymar Junior. Offer from the outset relegated by the PSG.

According to the sports press, the staff of PSG would have posed Friday, August 23, an ultimatum to Barca, eager to return one last time to the charge with a formula more enticing. At the same time, Juventus Turin is also on the verge of belly dancing to attract the 27-year-old star in his net. A few days before the closing of the summer transfer market, Monday, September 2, leaders bianconeri would be willing to put the hand in the wallet by paying the minimum sum of 100 million euros claimed by the PSG, while proposing the Argentine prodigy Paulo Dybala, that the PSG desires, as currency.

"Star behaviors"

This umpteenth parade will it be enough to convince Leonardo to "free" his compatriot, eager to leave Paris and Ligue 1 after only two seasons spoiled by injuries? Nothing is less certain as the Emir of Qatar, Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani, owner of the club through the Qatar Sports Investments Fund (QSI) since 2011, and its president, Nasser Al Khelaïfi – called "NAK" – , refuse to let go the most expensive player in history, bought at FC Barcelona against 222 million euros in the summer of 2017 and main marketing and commercial showcase of the team.