When Brazil sensation and captain Neymar Jr quit the Camp Nou in 2017 to join Paris giants Paris Saint Germain in a world transfer record, many hard thought that he had gone to write his own history, but things don’t seem greener there too.
In the past couple of weeks the Brazilian has seemed out of sorts in the French capital and many seemed to show that he could be headed for the exit.
Given how Neymar Jr, rarely talks about his transfer deals till they are done and dusted, we could yet again see a case where the Brazilian breaks his own record to either go back to Barcelona or join rivals Real Madrid.
The “Neymar back to Barcelona” wagon started rolling on Wednesday with stories in Mundo Deportivo that he would be open to a return to the Nou Camp, and it continued on Thursday with the suggestion that the players have given the plan the thumbs-up.
He wants to leave PSG. Real Madrid remain the favourites to take him, but it doesn’t hurt letting it be known that he would happily return to the Nou Camp. That way if he does end up at the Bernabeu he can say: ‘I wanted to rejoin Barca, but they didn’t want me.’
Diario Sport tends to be the closest paper in Barcelona to Neymar. Mundo Deportivo and RAC1 would be far closer to the president. Seems more likely the club have briefed that the player would return and they are not ruling it out.
This would also be a good time to float the idea because it’s the club annual general meeting on Saturday. It will not be difficult to gauge the response.
Some supporters never want to see Neymar in a Barcelona shirt again after the way he gave the club the runaround last summer. But if he returns with his tail between his legs, and rejecting a move to Real Madrid in the process, those against the idea would probably be in a minority.
El Mundo Deportivo ran a fan poll on Thursday and 64 per cent said they would have him back, albeit with only 17,000 votes.
For some of the Barcelona fans, they remain hesitant because Neymar chose to leave the club at a time when he was becoming one of the main pillars of the club and brought diversity. The way he chose to leave was also very unprofessional and his father said a lot of things about the club that didn’t go down well with some of the fans.
Author: Moses Echodu
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