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Neymar dying to return to Barcelona

Excitiupng times are ahead of Barcelona as the temporary board has confirmed the new election date to be held on 24 January. This, by all means, is the day that will decide the club’s fate and their foreseeable future, without too much exaggeration.

Fresh news has reportedly surfaced from SPORT that despite publicly professing his desire to remain in Paris, Neymar is still longing to return to Barcelona and has even been in contact with the presidential candidates to make that happen.

Apparently, some of the presidential hopefuls are in favour of the Brazilian re-joining the squad and with that scenario in mind,the Brazilian star is said to be refusing a contract renewal with Paris Saint-Germain, with the same outlet mentioning how the soon-to-be 29-year-old star’s only obstacle with Barca is actually money.

Barcelona are in a dire financial straits and this would be a major factor in Neymar not returning to Camp Nou as the Catalans are simply not able to afford him, what with the pandemic still rearing it sinister head across the globe.

Interestingly, the devastating effects of COVID-19 have also prevented the Brazilian from seeking a transfer directly through FIFA by invoking the infamous Article 17. However, the upcoming summer will see his contract with PSG enter the last year of the deal, giving some negotiating power both to him and Barcelona.

Last year, a deal in the region of €180m was apparently on the table and if it were up to Neymar, he would already be in Catalonia. But both parties can be more optimistic about a transfer in the coming summer transfer window, if the Azulgrana really decide to go for him once more, that is.