Neymar Reportedly Willing to Force PSG Exit to Join Barcelona

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2020

PSG's Neymar reacts during the French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Bordeaux at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Sunday Feb. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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Paris Saint-Germain superstar forward Neymar is reportedly willing to "force a move away" from PSG in order to secure a reunion with Barcelona during the summer transfer window.

Joaquim Piera of Sport reported Saturday that Neymar's representatives have already made contact with Barca and there's "maximum tension expected" once negotiations begin.

The 28-year-old Brazilian and the Catalan club are also exploring the use of Article 17 in the FIFA transfer regulations, which states a player's contract is only protected for three years, per Piera. Barcelona expect that route would cost an estimated €18 million if PSG don't budge during talks.

Neymar started his professional career with Santos in his native Brazil before a high-profile transfer to Barca was completed in May 2013. He recorded 105 goals in 186 appearances across all competitions while teaming with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to form the world's most dangerous attacking trio.

Similar transfer speculation popped up last year, and Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau confirmed in September the club did everything in its power to reacquire the dynamic attacking threat.

"We made a very big effort to get Neymar," Grau told reporters. "We did everything possible. We made two offers, one including players and one without them, but we got the feeling PSG never wanted to sell him. We are not going to lose control when it comes to players. We want the best team around, but we also want to be sustainable."

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Neymar has proceeded to put together another terrific season for PSG. He's tallied 13 goals and six assists in 15 Ligue 1 matches to go along with three goals and two assists in four Champions League appearances.

Paris Saint-Germain advanced to the UCL quarter-finals with a triumph over German side Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16, but the tournament is currently on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

That success apparently hasn't been enough to satisfy Neymar, however, so expect the transfer rumours to take center stage once again this summer.

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