It has become the transfer saga of the summer. From the moment Neymar made clear his desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain, the gossip column has been full of speculation linking the Brazilian with a return to Barcelona. And yet in recent weeks Real Madrid have replaced their rivals as Neymar’s most likely destination.
Indeed, it emerged earlier this week that the capital giants have sent a delegation to Paris to thrash out a deal for the Brazilian forward. With Barcelona struggling to put together a package that is deemed worthy to PSG, Real Madrid are looking to steal a march on their fiercest rivals.
This move – Neymar to PSG – has been in the pipeline for a long time. In fact, it was tentatively speculated when the Brazilian made the move to the French capital two years ago that he was only doing so to ultimately a forge a path to the Santiago Bernabeu. After all, it’s nearly impossible to move directly between Barcelona and Real Madrid.
There’s something that makes Neymar’s move to Real Madrid inevitable. They are a club that revels in its status as a club that makes the flashiest signings, that lures Galacticos, and there’s no denying that Neymar would be a Galactico at the Santiago Bernabeu. He would be welcomed like no other player has been in the Spanish capital since Cristiano Ronaldo first pitched up a decade ago.
But a switch to Real Madrid is the last thing Neymar needs at this critical juncture of his career. Not so long ago, the Brazilian was viewed as the world’s next best football player in-waiting. A future Ballon d’Or winner. The last two years at PSG have derailed all that, though.
Neymar needs home comforts and that’s something he would get at Barcelona, a club he previously found his best form at, a club where his best friends (Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez) still play for. There’s reason to believe that the 27-year-old could pick up where he left off in the summer of 2017.
At Real Madrid, there would be a number of unknowns. Where would Neymar fit in given that the capital club has already spent big on Eden Hazard this summer? Could the Brazilian play through the middle? And if so, where does that leave Karim Benzema and Luka Jovic, another expensive summer signing? If Neymar is to return to Spain this summer, and he has a say in his destination, there should only be one choice.
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