Barcelona's attempts to sign Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star Neymar Jr at the end of the season seem to have suffered a major blow due to the club's financial condition amid the coronavirus lockdown in Spain. However, this could prove to be a breakthrough for Man United in their pursuit to sign the Brazilian international.
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According to Spanish publication Don Balon, Barcelona have suffered a massive blow in their attempts to rope in Neymar from PSG after the entry of a financially strong Premier League club in the race to sign the Brazilian. The Premier League club that possesses the financial muscle to sign the winger is believed to be Man United.
PSG value Neymar at €222 million ($263 million), the same amount at which they bought the winger from Barcelona in 2017. It is reported that Barcelona do not have the financial strength to pay the hefty price tag, but Man United could pay the fee due to their vast cash reserves. The Spanish giants have accrued heavy losses this season due to the suspension of LaLiga facilitated by the nationwide lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Since his controversial move to PSG, reports have claimed that Neymar wishes to return to Barcelona. However, considering the club's financial situation, Neymar does not want to take a pay cut to return to Camp Nou. Meanwhile, Man United's attempt to overhaul their squad and their financial capacity make the red half of Manchester an ideal destination for the 28-year-old.
Lionel Messi has made it clear that the club should sign Neymar on multiple occasions over the past year. Messi reportedly demanded the resignation of president Josep Maria Bartomeu and sporting director Eric Abidal if they fail to rope in the 28-year-old. Reports also surfaced hinting that Barcelona could consider a swap deal for Neymar, with Antoine Greizmann going the other way.