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Neymar can return to Barcelona, with one condition

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Just like he never even left, Neymar Jr. is back on Barcelona’s horizon. It seems that the Brazilian is still adamant on returning to Catalonia and has his heart set on a transfer in the foreseeable future. Of course, this is going to be easier said than done, especially with the Azulgrana‘s current financial situation, but it is possible, as it seems.

According to the latest report from SPORT, Neymar can indeed return to the Camp Nou but Barcelona will first have to make a major sale. In other words, the paper concludes, either Antoine Griezmann or Ousmane Dembélé will be the sacrificial lambs in that scenario.

We already know the Brazilian has been in contact with some of the presidential candidates who believe he should indeed return to the club so this option should not be so easily discarded. However, shifting either Dembélé or Griezmann would then have to be among their priorities.

Of course, Barcelona will aim to offload more players such as Junior Firpo, Martin Braithwaite or even Samuel Umtiti but the two French forwards are the only ones that could garner them enough profit for such a luxurious purchase.

Neymar himself is entering the final year of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain and, if SPORT are to be believed, he doesn’t want to renew the deal. This should give Barcelona some negotiating power if they are indeed planning on bidding on the Brazilian, but needless to say, that would still be a highly expensive operation.

The decision, however, will rest on the manager’s shoulders once push comes to shove. Whether that’s Ronald Koeman or someone else in 2021/20, it will be the coach who has to give the green light for the transfer to go ahead.

But first, they have to make a big sale beforehand. Will Barcelona truly sacrifice Dembélé or Griezmann to bring Neymar back?

Only time will tell.

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