According to reports from Spain, Barcelona has drawn up a shortlist of three Premier League players for the potential replacement of Neymar ahead of his close to a final deal with PSG.
Latest reports from MRC in France said that Neymar has accepted the contract offer from PSG, with only tax implications left to consider as the six-time French champions actively look to formally complete a €222m release clause and be done with the Spanish giants.
The Brazillian star had a furious training ground quarrel with new team-mate Nelson Semedo and then stormed out of training after the two confronted each other. With such shocking events taking place now, Barcelona chiefs are increasingly convinced that he wants out – and believing now may be right to let him go.
If the mammoth deal is completed, Barcelona will be left with a huge gap to fill in the squad but looking on the other side of the story, the Spanish giants will have a huge sum to fill in the hole in the team.
Barcelona believes that they could fill in the place of Neymar with these 3 potential Premier League players :
1- Phillipe Coutinho
Coutinho is the most targetted player of Barcelona as they believe Coutinho is the primary replacement and will be able to successfully fit in the shoes of Barcelona legend- Andres Iniesta.
The Catalan Giants have had a keen interest in the Liverpool star for long, though Liverpool had been resisting all their approaches.
Coutinho had an amazing last season scoring 13 goals and provided 7 assists in 31 league competitions.
Signing him won’t be an easy job for the Spanish Giants as Liverpool is in a strong position with an already secured new five-year deal with Coutinho.
2- Dele Alle
The young 20-year old midfielder of Tottenham Hotspur is another option Barcelona are keeping for replacing Neymar.
Dele Alle is the complete midfielder that any team can ask for currently. This young lad is great with his footwork abilities and scored 18 goals along with providing 7 assists in 37 Premier League appearances. The England International is not only good at attacking but also has impressed the fans with his defensive play with successful tackle success rate of 69%.
The Argentinian maestro Lionel Messi has already suggested Dele Alli over Coutinho to the authorities at Camp Nou.
3- Eden Hazard
Chelsea star Eden Hazard, 26, is the more likely replacement for Neymar as they continue to look out for more options.
Hazard was thought to be Real Madrid’s primary target of this season and was linked with them for long until Mbappe came in between to change the course of the story.
However, Blues have already thrashed the dreams of Barcelona of bringing in Hazard to Camp Nou.
Ahead of Chelsea’s pre-season friendly against Inter Milan, Antonio Conte said- “I don’t know anything about this situation.
In the past I read a lot of stories about Real Madrid and now there is Barcelona.
“This is the transfer market and we must understand this.
“Will Hazard stay with us? Yes. He is very happy to stay with us and to play for Chelsea.”
Buying any of the 3 short-listed players won’t be a cheap bargain for Barcelona and each of them will cost them atleast a €100 million but it won’t be a problem for the Spanish Giants as Neymar’s move to PSG will fill in their funds with huge sum of money. The real problem is to negotiate with the Premier League giants for their key players and that would certainly not be easy for Barca.