Former footballer Rivaldo has said Barcelona should sign Neymar instead of Lautaro Martinez as it will help Lionel Messi take rest. The club have shown interest on signing Inter Milan striker Martinez as his performance at the club has been exceptional and he has scored 17 goals by appearing in 37 games. They missed the opportunity to sign him as his release clause at Inter ended last week but they are still hopeful that they can sign him in this summer.
Rivaldo has said that Barcelona are unlikely to sign both Neymar and Lautaro Martinez when the transfer window reopens during the summer. The Blaugrana had earmarked the duo as the prime targets at the beginning of the year and they are currently not in a position to negotiate straight-cash deals for either due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Neymar has been the talking point of transfer in the recent news. The Brazilian was signed by PSG in 2017 for £222 million which became one of the expensive transfer ever. The club clearly enjoys having a world-class player like Neymar on the team. He is being productive for the team in the season and he has not faced many injuries and is well fit. The current form and fitness have attracted many clubs with Barcelona and Real Madrid in the lead.
Former Spain international Marcos Senna has described Lionel Messi as the best player in the world but believes Neymar is worthy of winning the Ballon d’Or. Neymar has been with Paris Saint-Germain since the summer of 2017 and during this period, he has succumbed to a number of injuries.
Belgium international Toby Alderweireld has revealed that manager Jose Mourinho played a key role in convincing him to sign a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur. The versatile defender was initially expected to leave the north London side on a free transfer in the summer but he is now contracted to the club until the summer of 2023.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on Bukayo Saka after the youngster provided the assist for Alexandre Lacazette’s winning goal in Piraeus. The Gunners recently made the trip to Piraeus to face Olympiakos in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32 tie and they managed to come out of the game with a 1-0 win.
France international Olivier Giroud has said that he has the ability to play at the highest level for a few more years and he would not hesitate to leave Chelsea, should he continue to struggle for gametime. The 33-year-old has been confined to a bench role during the early stages of the campaign with Tammy Abraham regarded as the undisputed first-choice striker under Frank Lampard.
Despite this, Giroud has continued to remain a regular presence for France at the international level and he has recently been in good form with goals in successive European qualifiers. Speaking to reporters, Giroud said that he has no regrets over the decision to leave the Gunners for playing time and he could follow the same trend at Chelsea, if his prospects of regular first-team football remain slim.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has acknowledged that the Blaugrana players talked about the possibility of Neymar joining Real Madrid but they were not afraid of the transfer materialising. The Brazil international had been linked with a possible return to the Spanish La Liga during the summer and former club Barcelona and Real Madrid were touted as potential destinations.
Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that Neymar did everything in his
power to push through a move to Barcelona during the summer transfer window.
The attacker had been desperate for a return to the Camp Nou but the deal did
not materialise with the Blaugrana failing to meet Les Parisiens’ transfer
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has revealed that Neymar is not close to parting ways with Les Parisiens despite the strong interest from Barcelona in re-signing him. The Brazil international has not featured for Les Parisiens since the return for pre-season training but Leonardo has indicated that has nothing to do with the stance regarding his future.