The Blaugrana are keen on signing the PSG attacker but their limited finances mean they may not be able to pay his transfer fee this summer. Here are three alternative ways by which they can pull off the deal without paying instantly or not even paying at all.
The Blaugrana are keen to secure the signature of the Brazilian but their weak finance, which has been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic means they can't afford to pay the reported €150 million to sign the Brazilian.
On that note, we suggest three alternative ways by which the Catalans can still pull the transfer without paying cash at all or immediately.
- 1. Swap deal: Barca don't have the money to pay PSG for Neymar at the moment, hence, their best shot is to offer players in exchange for the Brazilian. Should the Parisians welcome the idea, Los Blaugrana have several stars they can sacrifice. The likes of Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo and Sergi Roberto have all been linked in recent weeks.
- 2. Loan with purchase obligation: Another way Barca can manage to secure the signing of the Brazilian attacker is to acquire him on loan with the obligation to pay his transfer fee sometime in the near future. PSG signed Kylian Mbappe from Monaco in 2017 using this formula. It would be a lot easier for Barca if the Ligue 1 champions accept this means.
- 3. As a free agent in 2022: If the two methods listed above fail, Barca could still sign Neymar without paying by waiting for the player's contract to run out at the Parc des Princes. Ney signed a five-year contract with the Parisians in 2017 and it will expire in 2022. The Catalans would need to wait for two more years when the winger would become a free agent and sign him at no cost provided he doesn't extend his stay in the French capital.
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