Could Neymar Switch La Liga for Serie A This Summer
By Dan Tracey
When Paris Saint-Germain broke the world record for a transfer fee back in 2017, there was obviously an element of hysteria surrounding it. That’s because Neymar had stunned the football world, after turning his back on then current employers Barcelona and swapping La Liga for Ligue 1.
With a fee of £200m required to facilitate this switch, it was nothing short than a statement of intent by the French giants and after completing the signature of the Brazilian international, there was only one thing in mind and that was to win a Champions League trophy.
Something that has eluded PSG in these past two seasons and although there is no doubting the club have been the dominant force in French football during that time span, seeing him go up against the likes of Dijon is almost a criminal waste of Neymar’s talents.
This has meant that he has been reportedly linked with a move back to La Liga, with the obvious candidates being that of Barcelona or their arch-rivals Real Madrid and although they are the logical choices, there could be another option on the horizon.
That’s because if the latest rumour mumblings are to be believed, a potential move to Juventus has been mooted and his father, who subsequently also acts as his agent, has been shopping the 27-year-old around some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
With the Barcelona route all but being blocked off after the Catalan outfit finally signed Antoine Greizmann and Real Madrid looking hellbent on signing Griezmann’s compatriot Paul Pogba from Manchester United, a move to Italy now looks it could be a possibility.
Juventus have already completed one headline transfer after the arrival of Matthijs De Ligt from Ajax and if they were to also land Neymar’s signature, then it would mean more bad news for their domestic rivals.
However, there is some form of parallel between PSG and Juventus, in that they are head and shoulders above their league counterparts and chasing that elusive Champions League trophy can only be considered as the main priority this season.
At the same time, you just get a feeling that Neymar would have a better chance of adding to his 2015 success with Barcelona by moving to Turin and of course, this would mean pairing up with the phenomenon which is Cristiano Ronaldo.
If these two were in the same attacking unit, then it would certainly strike fear in defences across the continent and when you consider that they are already 10/1 to win this season’s Champions League and before the potential arrival of Neymar, then that might be considered a good value bet.
Of course, like all transfers it will boil down to money and when you account for the amount that PSG paid for Neymar, they are going to want to see as much as a return on their investment as they possibly can.
It may cost a lot for Juventus to acquire his services but at the same time, if he then helps the club go on to win a first Champions League in nearly a quarter century, then his signature would be absolutely priceless.