Barcelona could sign Neymar on loan after £108m Antoine Griezmann deal

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BARCELONA are considering signing want away PSG superstar Neymar on loan with an obligation to buy, after shelling out £108million on Antoine Griezmann, according to reports in Spain.

Neymar is expected to leave PSG this summer after telling the French champions that he wants to leave the club.

After controversially failing to report back for pre-season training with the Parisians, Neymar gave an interview with American site OhMyGoal, and told them that his favourite memory in football was when he engineered Barcelona’s 6-1 comeback win over PSG.

After returning, he apparently engaged in showdown talks with PSG chiefs, who tried to convince him to stay.

However, after reaffirming his desire to leave, the French side were left with no choice but to start exploring opportunities for him to go.

It is understood Barcelona are his primary choice, with the Brazilian keen to find a way to return to his former club.

However, after the Catalan giants signed Griezmann for more than £100m, it would be extremely difficult for them to stump up the kind of up-front cash to conclude a deal.

After Barca saw an opening bid of £40m and Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic rejected, the club began exploring other routes.

According to Spanish publication SPORT, Nou Camp chiefs have started to put together different packages for the star.

One surprise deal would see Neymar move to Barcelona on loan, but with Barcelona having an obligation to buy him permanently next summer.

If that deal were to take place, it would be almost the exact same move as the one Kylian Mbappe made when he swapped Monaco for PSG just weeks after Neymar joined.

Barca are still looking to reduce the initial cost of Neymar by including players in a cash-plus-swap deal.

While PSG refused the original deal due to Rakitic’s involvement, it is likely that Coutinho could still be included.

The Brazilian would represent a large portion of equity in the deal due to his £127m price tag, having joined Barca from Liverpool last January.

PSG apparently want Coutinho to still be involved to remove the need to sign a replacement for Neymar.

They have also offered the 27-year-old to Juventus, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Real Madrid in an attempt to try and get as much money back as they can for the unhappy star.

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