For several months, Barcelona’s debt and financial were among the worst kept secrets in the world. With a total debt of more than a billion euros, including a short-term debt of upwards of €700 million, Barça are certainly far from the likely team that will make a ceiling-crashing transfer in the summer transfer window.
Owing to the same, there have been several free-agents that have been aggressively linked to the club over the course of the season and further. Eric Garcia tops the list, while the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay have not been ruled out. Mundo Deportivo reports that Paris Saint-Germain left-back Juan Bernat could be on the list soon.
Bernat is on the last four months of his contract and is likely to leave the capital outfit in the summer with his future up in the air. The Spaniard has been with Paris since 2018 after four years with Bayern Munich, where he played second fiddle to David Alaba – another free agent linked with Barcelona.
However, Bernat has proved his attacking pedigree with PSG in the past even though he is suspect at the back. At 27, he is at the theoretical peak of his powers but has been suffering with injury issues over the course of this season and last. As it stands, the former Valencia defender is suffering from an ACL injury, and has missed nearly the last 37 games for PSG, stretching over five months, expected to go on till another month, at the very least.
Barcelona certainly need a deputy for Jordi Alba, who can give competition to him on the left side of the defence; someone who can force him to mend his ways through competition. However, Bernat may not be that player, and should not be recruited in the name of a free transfer.
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.
Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.
Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.
PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.
A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.