Neymar’s potential return to Barcelona was always going to be a hot topic heading into next year. Of course, with their financial troubles, a multi-million deal would surely be easier said than done, but that didn’t stop the rumours from popping out nonetheless.
And since the Brazilian is indeed entering the final year of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain, there was still a feeling that a transfer could be possible after all. However, a lot will depend on the new president who is set to be elected in January.
According to Alfredo Martínez’s latest report, Victor Font, one of the frontrunners for the presidential role, has effectively ruled out the signing of Neymar. At the moment, that’s all the information that we have but it does seem like, in case Font is elected, the Brazilian won’t be returning to the Camp Nou.
This could largely be due to financial reasons but also due to completely different ideas in relation to a brand new sporting project that’s in Font’s mind. We do know he would like to start from scratch with none other than Xavi leading the lines.
And it seems that, at the moment, there is no room for Neymar in his own vision of Barcelona’s future. But nothing is set in stone and we still don’t know who will end up winning the elections at the end of the day.
If rumours are to be believed, some of the candidates would indeed love to see Paris Saint-Germain’s superstar back in Catalonia. And that means we’ll have to wait at least until January to draw any kinds of conclusions.
Barcelona presidential candidate takes a jab at Madrid president, calls him VARentino Perez
The presidential elections are edging ever closer and the people are already picking their favourites. However, this battle has very much become a two-horse race and even calling it that is putting it quite mildly as well. Joan Laporta is, to many, the frontrunner for the position while Victor Font and Antoni Freixa are lagging far behind.
This is especially true for the latter who seems to stand no chance against two big names in the business. But Freixa is still trying and campaigning as well. One of his latest moves was actually taking a dig at both Real Madrid and his direct rivals.
Following in Laporta’s footsteps of mocking the Madridistas, according to AS‘ report, Freixa addressed Florentino Perez, Real’s president, as ‘VARentino’ in one of his slogans.
‘I will not allow VARentino to control LaLiga,’, read the slogan to be more precise. Of course, some socis will undoubtedly find this funny and appealing. After all, Laporta’s dig was well received in the community because Barcelona fans, and any other fans for that matter, like jabs like these that are aimed at their arch-rivals.
However, Freixa also took a dig at Laporta as well, calling him out for not attending the debate with himself and Font. Either way, we can safely say the tension is slowly but surely on the rise.
March is also rapidly approaching and the candidates are using all the aces they have up their sleeves. We still don’t know who will have the final say but at the same time, there are some indications suggesting there is a clear favourite after all.
We’ll just have to wait and see.