Catalan media: Bartomeu should get involved to guarantee Neymar's arrival
- There is a huge risk of losing the Brazilian to Real Madrid if the president doesn't react.
- Right now, Barca delegation is led by Eric Abidal, the club's sporting director.
- Bartomeu is even rumoured to be against Neymar's signing.
Barcelona are still nowhere close to Neymar's arrival. The Parisians have already rejected several offers from the Catalans. It seems they are doing everything to prevent the Brazilian's return to the Camp Nou stadium. There is now a genuine risk of losing Neymar to Real Madrid who have reportedly accelerated their pursuit.
That's why the president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, is advised by various Catalan top sources to lead the negotiations himself. Even Madrid-based Marca believe his involvement could facilitate Neymar's transfer. Marca, by the way, have already reported that the Barcelona key players are unhappy with Bartomeu due to the delay of Neymar's arrival.
Currently, Barcelona director Jordi Bordas and sporting director Eric Abidal have been the only Blaugrana officials involved in the talks with the PSG representatives. Bartomeu, meanwhile, keeps himself out of this drama. He didn't even attend a meeting in Liverpool last week which would see him facing PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
Some sources, including Marca, believe Bartomeu doesn't even want to bring Neymar back at Barca. Moreover, he is allegedly worried about the financial cost of this deal. He admitted during Antoine Griezmann's presentation that the club had to take out a significant loan to afford his €120million release clause.
Finally, the relationships between Al-Khelaifi and Bartomeu are described as 'not the best ones'.
In any case, it's true that Bartomeu has a special influence on the transfer negotiations. His personal involvement in the Frenkie de Jong talks in January eventually resulted in the Dutchman's arrival at the Camp Nou stadium.
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