Neymar speculation has exploded on Friday morning after two separate reports in Spain gave two huge potential updates about his future. One concerns a return to former club Barcelona and the other details the figure that Real Madrid have been quoted to buy him.
Neymar famously became the most expensive player in history last summer when Paris Saint-Germain triggered a €222m buyout clause to release him from his Barça contract.
It was said at the time that, despite the enormous personal financial incentive, it was his ambition to step out of the shadow at Lionel Messi at Camp Nou and prove himself as the best player in the world by winning the long elusive Champions League for PSG.
Instead, PSG have crashed out of the Champions League at the first knockout round, with Neymar back home in Brazil while he recuperates from a broken metatarsal that could yet hamper his fitness for the World Cup later this year.
A report from Mundo Deportivo (MD) on Friday suggested that even before his injury and PSG’s Champions League exit, Neymar has ‘repeatedly’ offered to return to Barcelona.
The 26-year-old has apparently made his desire clear through contact with his former team-mates and with an ‘SOS’ to Camp Nou executives and employees, as well as one un-named director.
MD claims that Neymar feels he has made a mistake in making a decision he thought would help him grow as a player, while he is said to be surprised that the quality in Ligue 1 is quite soinferior to La Liga. He wants a dressing room free of the tension at PSG and was ‘blinded’ by economic power.