Barcelona are currently in such dire financial situation that they just might be forced to sell a couple of big names in the upcoming transfer windows. Of course, some have already left the club in the form of Ivan Rakitić and Luis Suárez but the media are convinced more could very well be on the way.
According to the latest report from Mundo Deportivo, Bayern Munich are interested in Frenkie de Jong and would be willing to bid for the young midfielder. At first, this seems like an impossible case for the Germans but they do have the financial power to do so and Barcelona are in a very vulnerable position.
This is true both for their sporting project and money-wise, which makes the matter even worse. Of course, De Jong has recently signed a brand new contract with the Catalans and has a 400 million euros release clause but Bayern would never pay that and would rather negotiate their way to the player.
They were also really interested in the midfielder back when he was at Ajax but De Jong opted for Barcelona instead. Now, however, things have somewhat changed and maybe his head could potentially be turned with a good offer, financially and sportingly speaking.
Still, it has to be said that the Dutchman is Ronald Koeman’s most trusted player in the squad and this could pose a problem for the Bavarian titans, who are already in contact with De Jong’s agent.
It does seem they are confident in succeeding regardless of the situation and besides, you cannot discount anything in football nowadays.
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.
Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.
Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.
PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.
A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.