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PSG ready to let Neymar depart – L’Equipe

As per a report from French outlet L’Equipe, Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain will not stand in the way of a Neymar departure this summer.

Following 4 trophy-laden seasons at the Camp Nou, Brazilian superstar Neymar made the move to PSG in the summer of 2017, for a world-record 222 million Euro fee.

Barcelona quickly moved to replace the Selecao star, snapping up Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund for a fee with the potential to rise to almost 150 million Euro.

However, to say that both moves have since proven somewhat underwhelming would be putting it lightly.

While Neymar has absolutely dazzled when fit and firing at the Parc des Princes, a pair of long-term injury problems have seen the 27-year-old confined to the sidelines when PSG have needed him most in each of his two seasons in Paris.

In addition, rumours of dressing room unrest have been rampant, with PSG’s shock collapse at the hands of Manchester United in the Champions League’s last-16 having no doubt seen Thomas Tuchel’s fractious, ego-rampant squad pushed further apart.

And such problems have since led to mounting murmurs in the media over recent weeks, suggesting that Neymar could yet depart the Parc des Princes this summer.

The South American’s former club, Barcelona, meanwhile, have been named as a potential landing spot.

Earlier this week, Sport definitively stated that Neymar has set his sights on a return to the Camp Nou, with the fleet-footed wide-man said to be desperate to reunite with close friends Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

The possibility of a swap deal involving Philippe Coutinho was even touted by the Spanish publication:

‘The operation is very tricky and at Barca they know it. The fact PSG are interested in Coutinho could help negotiations. Neymar was a dream for Barca. But bit by bit he is starting to look more like a reality.’

And, as per the aforementioned update from L’Equipe this evening, such a scenario may not be as far-fetched as it first appears.

This comes amid claims that PSG have decided that they are ready to cut their losses on Neymar.

As such, should the capital giants receive an offer deemed sufficient (in the region of the fee that they splashed out on his signature two years ago), the 27-year-old could well be on the move this summer.

The report also backs the suggestion that Neymar himself is seeking a transfer.

As such, Pini Zahavi is already said to be sounding out a return to Spain for the Brazilian superstar.

 

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