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.
Griezmann jokes when asked about his future following Copa championship: “Ask the president”
After being starved of trophies for two years, Barcelona have won silverware, defeating Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey by four goals to nothing. Lionel Messi was on target twice, while Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann got a goal each as Barça cruise to victory.
Following the game, Griezmann, who opened the scoring for Barcelona, spoke to the media, including about his future. He jokingly replied to that question by saying, “Ask the president.”
He said that he was very proud of the team and how they have managed to turn around the season, “Proud of the team and the work. We know that the season is very long and there are good and bad times. Keep enjoying the team and in the end the reward will come.”
He ended the presser on a celebratory note, saying, “We have to celebrate this title and enjoy it as a result of the work we’ve done.”
The Frenchman has been in excellent form throughout the Copa del Rey campaign and spearheaded the comeback against Granada in the Quarter-finals. He also assisted Gerard Pique for a last minute equaliser against Sevilla when all seemed lost, and has now been rewarded with the first Copa del Rey win of his career. Onto bigger and better things, hopefully.