The long-stretched Neymar transfer saga finally looked to have drawn towards a conclusion with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain reaching an agreement for the player’s return to Camp Nou. Both clubs were involved in a long drawn discussion over the 27-year-old’s transfer to Spain throughout the 2019/20 summer transfer window and it looked unlikely that would reach an agreement before Thursday’s shocker. Real Madrid and Juventus were also interested in signing Neymar from PSG and both offered players plus cash deals after it was speculated that PSG hierarchy were reluctant to sell Neymar to Barcelona. Neymar Transfer Latest News Update: Barcelona’s Neymar Transfer Saga to See a Breakthrough in 24 Hours.
According to a report from Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sports Italia, the Brazilian will make a sensational return to Camp Nou just two years after leaving Barcelona for a world record transfer fee. "An agreement was reached between clubs and between Barcelona and the player," Di Marzio said in his report. "In the coming hours, the parties will sign on the dotted line and make official Neymar's return to the Camp Nou—his first home in Europe before becoming the most expensive player in history."
Neymar joined PSG in 2017 for a world record €222m making him the most expensive footballer of all-time. But just two years into his time at the French capital, the mercurial Brazilian asked to leave. PSG director Leonardo had also earlier confirmed that the club was open to selling Neymar at the right price. Barcelona, Real and Juventus were the three clubs interested in signing the 27-year-old wide man and all three offered player-swap plus cash deals.
Meanwhile, Sky later reported that PSG and Barca had agreed to a deal that will see the Blaugrana club paying PSG $138m cash in-addition to sending Ivan Rakitic and Jean-Clair Todibo the other way for sealing the Neymar deal. Ousmane Dembele is also expected to join the French champions on loan for a season although it is understood that the player is reluctant to do so. Rakitic and Todibo will, however, be sold to PSG in-exchange for the Brazilian forward.
The signing is, however, yet to be officially announced and is awaiting a signature from Neymar. But with just days remaining before the European transfer deadline, it remains to be seen if Barcelona can seal the return of one of their former star or Neymar remains at PSG against his wishes.