Neymar

Why the 'impossible' transfer is now a very real option

OPINION

@ErnestFolch

Whether you like it or not, the deal to bring Neymar 'home' is moving forward. This isn't a deal which has been created to generate hope before being crushed. This is a transfer that has a very real chance of happening.

This Friday SPORT told you that negotiations had begun between the two clubs. Not directly, as the relationship is still quite sour, but via intermediaries.

Barça know that with each passing day Neymar moves further and further away from PSG. It reduces the chance of the player changing his mind and publicly committing his future to the club.

The reason behind this transfer moving forward is Neymar's desire to leave Paris. The Brazilian wants to enjoy his football again, recover his brand value at a club competing in a strong league and challenging for all the major trophies. Neymar has earned a lot of money over these past two years but his value has dropped due him being more known for incidents off the pitch rather than on it. He wants to recover his love for the game, his passion for being the best in the world. A return would launch him back into the reckoning almost immediately.

PSG is known for its money, Barça its football. To get back up amongst the favourites for the Ballon d'Or and prove his worth as a football, the best place to do that is at Barça. This is why a deal which looked impossible a few days ago is now a very genuine option.

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