FC Barcelona: How Barca Could Finance Neymar Purchase This Summer

Tre' Atkinson@@TreAtkinsonFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

FC Barcelona: How Barca Could Finance Neymar Purchase This Summer

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    Neymar is the most sought-after player in the world today. The Brazilian starlet has set the world on fire and reports (via FOX Sports) have been pointing to FC Barcelona as his eventual destination.

    While Santos continue to deny that Neymar will leave anytime soon, Barcelona remain the most likely club to add the young star (via Goal).

    The biggest question facing the possible transfer is if the Catalan giants can afford Neymar.

    With Financial Fair Play beginning, Barcelona will have to work hard to spend big on the Brazilian. The recent contract renewal leaves Neymar with a £57 million buyout clause (via ESPN).

    Yet, Barcelona can afford the purchase. Let us take a look at how the Blaugrana can purchase the world's biggest target.

Selling Alexis Sanchez

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    Chilean attacker Alexis Sanchez was bought from Italian club Udinese last summer for €26m. Although the 23 year old has shown moments of brilliance, he has yet to show the form he displayed in Italy.

    With the comeback of winger David Villa, Alexis has found himself looking from the bench in many occasions this season.

    While Tito Vilanova claims he does not want to sell the Chilean international (via ESPN, Yahoo! Sports), his recent injury may see his playing time dwindle even more.

    It is clear that Alexis Sanchez is fighting for his spot.

    However, if the Chilean does not begin to show the form of his past, expect Barcelona to put him on the market. The Catalan club can expect somewhere in the range of €20m if they are to sell at his current form.

Selling Ibrahim Afellay

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    When Dutch international Ibrahim Afellay was bought by Barcelona, many fans were curious as to how he would fit into the system (myself included).

    Afellay produced a few promising performances, yet injury sidelined the player's growth. Barcelona loaned the Dutchman this summer to Schalke in hopes that he could regain his form (via ESPN Soccernet).

    Recent reports have shown that Afellay hopes to return to Barcelona after showing his skill (via ESPN).

    With the way things are going at Barcelona this season, the Dutch winger would not be able to find much playing time. In fact, if Barcelona bring in Neymar, Afellay would rarely see the pitch.

    Without there being need for the Dutchman at Barcelona, look for the club to sell him this summer. At best, Afellay could see a move that would bring in between €10m-€15m.

Other Moves

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    Barcelona do have other options to sell in hopes of bringing in more money for Neymar. Players such as Andreu Fontas are a great example.

    Fontas was recently loaned to Mallorca and could see a permanent move to the side. This would bring in even more money for the Catalan giants that would go far to finance the Neymar deal (via Goal).

    However, perhaps the most intriguing sell that could be made is that of former Blaugrana player Bojan. The young Spaniard had been playing at Roma before being sold to Italian side AC Milan. Barcelona vice president Josep Bartomeu has made it known that the Milan club have the option to buy Bojan (via Goal).

    With all the options Barcelona have, generating money will actually not be a problem.

The Missing €10

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    Shocking reports recently surfaced that there is a missing €10m from the Barcelona budget (via Goal) This has led many to speculate that they may have already paid the €10m on Neymar.

    While there is no answer on where the money has been placed, it of course has led to any interpretation imaginable. If the club has indeed paid this much for Neymar already, the mere selling of Sanchez and Afellay will more than cover the remaining cost.

    Only time will tell what this money will be spent on, but those advocating the Neymar move will definitely be hoping it has gone to the transfer.


    As Barcelona are hot on the trail of Neymar, it remains to be seen how the saga will turn out. Barcelona do have the ability to pay for the player, so it is merely a matter of time before an official bid takes place.

    In fact, just the image rights to Neymar have the long-term capability of paying for the player.

    Neymar will most likely end up in Barcelona. To the joy of most fans, this move will not hurt the club financially. The only issue at this point is when the move will take place.


    Now, to you the readers: Can the financial ability of Barcelona fuel the Neymar purchase? Is Neymar even a good move for the Catalans?