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Papers: Neymar desires Barça, Rivaldo sees Dembélé as a good opportunity for bargaining

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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There’s been a lot of talk about Neymar to Barça recently as the Brazilian reportedly expressed his desire to return to the Catalan capital. His countryman, Rivaldo, as well as Ander Herrera, have also commented on the situation.

Of course, this is truly a story of old and it seems that the transfer saga of the last summer is bound to return with the arrival of the upcoming transfer window.

Just recently, Mundo Deportivo have reported that Neymar has expressed his desire to return to Barça and has even confessed as much to some of his closest colleagues and friends. He regrets leaving and his only intention is to once again don the Azulgrana colours, sooner rather than later.

In other news, Rivaldo has given his two cents on the matter, saying to Betfair that Dembélé could indeed be sacrificed to smoothen things up with PSG.

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‘Of course, Barca will need to pay some additional money to pull off the deal, but I think this could be a mutually beneficial piece of business for both clubs. Dembélé could see it as a good move, as he will have the chance to rediscover his best form and become one of PSG’s star players.” explained Rivaldo to the publication.

And this is not really a surprise either since the Frenchman has reportedly been put on the transfer market by the club and we could indeed see him depart sooner rather than later.

But that’s still not all and Ander Herrera, one of the current PSG players, was also asked about the potential departures of both Kylian Mbappe and Neymar by AS and he seems to believe the French outfit are a sort of club who buy stars and doesn’t sell them.

‘You need to think about a really key thing, and I’ve talked about this with Kylian, PSG isn’t a club that sells its stars, quite the opposite, it buys them.’, said Herrera.

And while that is still very true, one has to also consider the current situation with the recent outbreak and the financial strain that has put on many clubs across the globe, Barcelona included.

With all of that being said, can they really afford the Brazilian without some drastic cuts within the squad? Only time will tell but it certainly doesn’t bode that well for them.

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Ter Stegen and Umtiti are back in Barcelona training

Alexandre Patanian

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Barcelona have been going through an injury crisis in the last few months. The latest addition to Barça’s injury list was Ronald Araujo. However, the Blaugranas’ luck might chance as two players have come back to training after lengthy setbacks.

The two players in question are Marc-André Ter Stegen and Samuel Umtiti. The former hasn’t featured in the fixtures since the 8-2 drubbing suffered in Lisbon. For Umtiti’s, he hasn’t played for Barça since the 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo in June where he was dire. After such big injuries, having these two players back is a relief for Culés. While Neto has been superb in goal, Ter Stegen is world-class and Umtiti can provide backup at the back.

With Ronald Araujo out for a month, Barcelona gain in Umtiti a competent, although declining, centre-back. The former Lyon prodigy hasn’t played like his former self of late and has to prove a point. For Ronald Koeman, having a centre-back on the bench is a relief, even if he’s not the best. The goal now for Umtiti is to get back to his best. Let’s not forget there was a debate between him and Clément Lenglet before his injuries.

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