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Neymar’s arrival could cause a ‘painful departure’ at Barcelona

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Over the past 24 hours or so, there has been a lot of talk surrounding Neymar and his possible return to FC Barcelona.

Multiple sources have reported that the Brazilian international could be headed back to Catalonia, with talks ongoing between him and PSG over the termination of his contract.

It has been suggested that Barça would be offering an initial one-year contract to Neymar on a low salary, with the 31-year-old then being handed an improved renewal in 2024.

Neymar’s arrival could lead to an exit

Even if the former Barcelona man agrees to reduce his salary drastically, given the Financial Fair Play situation, the club may have to sanction an important exit.

And now, Josep Capdevila is reporting that if Neymar were to arrive at Barça from PSG, it could lead to a departure from the club that would be ‘painful’ for the fans.

While the journalist does not mention any specific name, he states that the exit would be difficult to accept for Cules.

It would suggest that Barcelona may have to end up sacrificing a homegrown talent to accommodate Neymar at the club.

Only earlier this week we reported that club president Joan Laporta wanted to make a big-name signing and as such the Catalans could be open to selling Ansu Fati.

Will Ansu Fati have to make way for Neymar? (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

The 20-year-old has impressed in pre-season and the club’s coaching staff is said to be ‘delighted’ with his current situation.

But it must be remembered that Xavi did not necessarily close the doors on his exit during his post-match presser after the Gamper Trophy clash.

Both Ferran Torres and Raphinha could also be possible candidates. The former has been linked with an exit all summer while the latter has a good market and could fetch a big fee.

Nothing is set in stone currently though and much will depend on how negotiations between PSG and Neymar regarding the contract termination progress.

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