FC Barcelona have hit a wall on their pursuit of Neymar this summer.
The Spanish champions wanted to include Philippe Coutinho in a potential deal for the Brazilian star, but the former Liverpool playmaker instead joined Bayern Munich on a season-long loan deal this Monday. Therefore, Los Blaugranas now need to find a way to acquire Neymar without using Coutinho.
However, it’s worth noting that Barca don’t have a lot of money to spend this summer. They already spent more than €200m this summer on Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie De Jong, Junior Firpo and Neto. So they will have to spend money and include one player or two to sweeten the pot.
The problem lies on the fact that PSG don’t want the other players Barca are prepared to offer, and Barca are reluctant to include either Nelson Semedo or Ousmane Dembele in a cash-plus-player operation. To make things even more complicated, Dembele suffered an injury this Monday and will be out for around five to six weeks.
Barcelona’s first offer was worth €80m plus Coutinho and midfielder Ivan Rakitic. PSG rejected that approach, but counter-attacked with a €120m bid plus Coutinho and Semedo. With Coutinho loaned to Bayern and Barcelona being unwilling to move from Semedo, it seems both parties remain quite far on terms of agreeing to a deal.
Time is ticking for Barcelona, though. Especially after losing the season opener against Athletic Bilbao last Friday.