So could it now be time for Juventus to swoop in?
According to AS, Juve has offered Paulo Dybala plus a large amount of cash (“close to 100 million euros”) to sign him. In order to get the move done, Juve would need to sell players like Mario Mandzukic, Blaise Matuidi and Daniele Rugani. Juve gives Neymar another potential landing spot and could further complicate matters for Barca.
Barca sold Neymar to PSG for $248 million two summers ago. PSG expects to receive a loan offer with the option for Barcelona to purchase the player on Tuesday or Wednesday. According to the report, PSG’s owners are skeptical that Barcelona would be able to purchase the player in one lump sum. It’s very common for clubs to try and create a payment plan over several summers to pay off high transfer fees.
A potential loan for Barca is certainly an interesting option, but it’s hard to see it working without an obligatory option to buy. Say Barcelona was able to secure a loan for Neymar this season, pay most of his wages, and then include an obligatory buy option of around $175 million. It would be a loss for PSG on the deal overall but maybe not a bad bit of business at this point considering all of the on- and off-field drama surrounding the Brazilian star. If PSG can get Barca to sign an obligatory buy option of $200 million, it’s a no-brainer and time to cut ties.
The transfer windows for Spain and Italy close on Sept. 2. Barcelona will play its first home match of La Liga play on Sunday against Real Betis, and PSG will look to bounce back with a date against Toulouse FC at Parc des Princes on Sunday. You can stream both matches on fuboTV (Try for free).