6th March, 2019
Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele is definitely a better player than Neymar Jnr. Take or leave it. And that statement is coming from no other person than Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu himself.
This is despite the fact that Dembele who was bought from Borussia Dortmund for an initial €105m, has had his time at Camp Nou disrupted by injury and disciplinary issues.
As a matter of fact, he was bought from the proceeds of the sale of Neymar when he left Barca for Paris Saint-Germain after the Ligue 1 side triggered his €222million release clause thereby making him the most expensive player in the world in August 2017.
However, Dembele has made 23 LaLiga appearances so far this season, scoring eight goals to help the Spanish giants establish a seven-point lead over Atletico Madrid in the title race.
Even though different reports have linked Barca with pushing for Neymar to return, Bartomeu has declared that he is happy with Dembele as the Brazilian’s replacement.
“I won’t say yes or no,” Bartomeu told Cadena SER when asked if Barca could buy Neymar back.
“I say that with their [PSG’s] money, Barca made a sporting bet.
“With that money we went for players like Dembele and [Philippe] Coutinho.
“Dembele is better than Neymar. He’s at Barca and he is better.”
Barca have already sealed a deal worth a total €86m for Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who helped dump Real Madrid out of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Matthijs de Ligt has been linked with following his fellow Netherlands international to Camp Nou and Bartomeu appeared to confirm the Ajax captain is a transfer target.
“We have to talk about it from March,” he added of the Golden Boy winner. “Which is when we take the decisions, but his name is on the table, of course.”