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Papers: Operation Neymar is back on the table for Barcelona

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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These last couple of days have been extremely hectic over in Catalonia. As is usually the case whenever we approach the grand opening of the transfer window, Neymar somehow pops back onto the radar and the media get stories galore.

This morning, both of the biggest local papers are focusing on the Brazilian and Lionel Messi. Mundo Deportivo talk about an ‘Operation Neymar‘ and have dissected the player’s recent quotes.

The ex-Blaugrana star expressed his desire to play with Messi once again but didn’t say whether that would be at Barcelona or maybe at Paris Saint-Germain. Mundo Deportivo suggest that signing the Argentine would be Neymar’s ultimatum to the French club, if they want him to stay, that is.

Additionally, if Messi doesn’t go to the French capital, the new president in January would decide whether to try and bring Neymar back to the Camp Nou or not.

SPORT have gone in a very similar direction, saying that ‘Neymar winks’ to Barcelona.

Again, they also talk about Neymar wanting to play with Messi but feel like it’s easier for Leo to go to PSG than it is for Ney to return to Catalonia. This transfer would require a fee of at least €100M, which is money Barcelona simply don’t have at the moment.

In other news, Messi could also equal Pelé’s goal-scoring record tomorrow against Cádiz, should the Argentine be in the mood.

Let’s wait and see what happens.

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Lautaro Martínez talks about the summer rumours of playing alongside Messi

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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It has been quite a while since we’ve last heard about any concrete rumours of Lautaro Martínez potentially joining Barcelona. The Argentine striker was previously a hot target for the Catalans but following a long hassling period with Inter, and some untimely financial issues, the Azulgranas had to abandon their quest.

Now, other players seem to take priority over the young star as Ronald Koeman looks to strengthen the squad even further. However, back in Italy where Martínez is currently playing, the media seem to still have some interest in that particular story.

Recently, the Argentine was asked about the summer rumours of him wanting to play alongside his compatriot, Lionel Messi. The quotes were given to Gazzetta dello Sport but were relayed by Calciomercato.

“It [playing with Messi] was a dream for me too, of course, because playing with him is fantastic. He is the best player in the world. I am lucky enough to play in the national team with him. We, young people, look up to him,” said Lautaro.

These statements don’t come as a particularly big surprise to many. As he mentions himself, young players look up to Leo and who wouldn’t want to share the pitch with him?

Seeing Martínez at the Camp Nou, however, would be extremely difficult given the club’s current circumstances and Inter’s unwillingness to lower their asking price. He is a talent, though, and that much has to be said.

Maybe the transfer can happen further down the line but at the moment, playing with Messi, apart from the national team, could remain a distant dream for the young Argentine star.

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