28th August, 2019
Even as Barcelona and PSG continue to lock horns on the Neymar transfer issues, there are some other valid arguments that need to be seriously looked into by the Spanish Champions.
Top among those issues is a question many Barca faithfuls have been asking with some real concern – “Will Neymar fit back into the squad without causing some real serious challenges to the overall team spirit?
What about the club’s financial balance sheet in terms of salary emoluments and related issues?
The Brazilian is still one of the world’s best players, without a doubt, not to mention one of the most marketable. But his rumored fee is gigantic. His wages are fairly enormous as well, even though it has been said he would lower his demands for a chance to return to Barça.
According to Transfermarkt, that’s 142.5 million euros, plus 136.8 million, and 93.16 million for just the first three forwards in that list. Add to that a rumored 170 million for Neymar. And of course, there’s also Messi.
That’s a shocking amount of money when you consider it is highly unlikely all five can be on the pitch at once, and it’s probable that not even four can fit together.
Dembélé might be the first sacrificed in these situations, and after that it’s a little less clear. Of course, there is a desire to rest Messi and Suárez more this season, and surely having a superstar like Griezmann or Neymar carry the load more is a blessing.
However, are other areas of the team being left unattended? Is Sergi Roberto or Nélson Semedo up to that same lofty standard as the forwards? What about the midfield, is there enough there? And will Barça regret not signing Matthijs de Ligt?
All these are just questions, as the answer may be that Barcelona’s squad is in fact strong enough in all those positions. It’s tough to bet against signing one of the world’s best players, after all.
But sometimes, you do question it, especially in terms of the long-term financial health of the club.