PSG are on the verge of offloading Neymar after his turbulent time with the Ligue 1 outfit. Clearly not satisfied with winning endless Ligue 1 titles, the Brazilian star has spent much of his time at Parc de Princes sulking – and trying his best to orchestrate a move away from the French capital.
Other than improved team spirit in the event of his departure, there are several other key reasons why Neymar is better off away from the French capital.
- Move Destroys ‘Paper Champion’ Motif
While he has hoovered up trophies in France, it is common knowledge that PSG have very little in the way of real competition. This is especially the case at home matches, with ten of PSG’s 17 home wins of last season being enough to overhaul a two-goal handicap. For anyone else, such statistics would be a great source of joy, but Neymar seems doomed to remain a victim of his own profile.
Unfairly or not, Neymar harbours a reputation as a man that can play only for the very best, and many fans believe that he does not have the character necessary to be part of a new squad-building project. While a return of 34 goals in 37 appearances for PSG ensures that he is far from a ‘passenger’, there is the ever-present feeling that PSG would still enjoy the same dominance even without his services.
While his goals-per-game rate is much improved on his Barcelona average, most neutrals are loathe to see that improvement as meaningful. Beyond Lyon and Lille, no team in France is anywhere near to PSG, who were Ligue 1 champions with weeks to spare earlier this year.
Furthermore, in terms of overall quality and pedigree in European competitions, it is clear that the gap between PSG and Lyon is also far more pronounced than it is between Barcelona and the two Madrid clubs.
- Restoration of ‘human touch’
Aside from any hitherto-unseen desire to appease his own sceptics, Neymar may well feel compelled to move for far more personal reasons, even without taking his dwindling fandom in Paris into account.
Neymar has also suffered on a personal level in France due to his own, and his team’s approach to adverse situations. While PSG are dominant at home, the club’s continental record remains a worldwide punchline, despite the hundreds of millions spent over the last five years. Along with much of the team, his performances undergo a notable dip when the going gets tough for PSG, leaving many fans to believe him incapable of being a team’s ‘point man’.
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The more emotive fan might point to a dressing room full of big personalities at the Parc Des Princes as a problem. To use a terrace phrase, Neymar wears his heart on his sleeve – even if that does occasionally boil over into theatrics – and clearly thrives on the ‘right’ type of team chemistry. This type is one that has an aura of brotherhood, which is prevalent at places like Anfield and Borussia Dortmund, but distinctly absent from PSG.
At PSG, team chemistry is borne of skill alone – and the fact that no other team is anywhere near to PSG’s quality. Yet, for a man of Neymar’s innate skill, there is the possibility of achieving results and enjoying the company of fellow players, and it is that way of living which would await him at Barcelona.
- From Greedy to Gallant
Neymar’s possible return to Barcelona would somewhat dilute his reputation as a greedy, stubborn and surly character. Yet, while he might not necessarily take a pay cut, there would certainly be a gallant connotation to his return, as a man feeling duty-bound to ease Barcelona’s upcoming ‘transitional period’, in the face of Real Madrid’s inevitable improvement.
Right now, the ‘Blaugranes’, though favoured by football betting odds to defend their title, collectively cut an aging figure. This was particularly evident when they failed to make good on their status as Champions League favourites at the semi-final stage earlier this year. Lionel Messi, Arturo Vidal and Luis Suarez are now past their prime, and once they are all gone – perhaps in as little as two years – Barcelona are going to need more in the way of wise heads to get the club through what will be a tough transitional period.
Luckily, Neymar and (potential) teammate Antoine Griezmann would still be at optimum age by the time the likes of Suarez finally call it a day at the zenith of European football, and as a front pairing, they could be utterly lethal. In turn, Neymar would redeem himself in the eyes of the Barcelona faithful, and show that he truly cares for the club, having merely made a very human error in joining PSG.
- Real Madrid Link a Gauge for Improvement
Real Madrid make just as much of a case for Neymar’s signature though, and if the man himself wants to show that he has in fact improved since joining PSG, this would be the club of choice.
To say there was room for improvement at the Bernabeu at the beginning of summer would be an understatement. As far as the ‘Galacticos’ are concerned, a third-place finish – below city rivals Atletico – is beneath contempt, and the club has reacted accordingly, most notably snatching Eden Hazard from Chelsea in a bid to restore the attacking setup’s once-unplayable nature.
Playing alongside Hazard, Neymar could not fail to help Real Madrid drastically reduce – if not overturn – the 19-point deficit behind Barcelona with which they ended 2018/19. Furthermore, with Gareth Bale resisting a move to China recently, and vowing only to move if a top European club courts him, the for-now hypothetical sight of Neymar and Bale on opposite flanks is a potential show-stopper.
Regardless of skill, however, it is never easy to overturn a 19-point deficit inside a mere year. Thus, if he accounted for a majority of that deficit, then his reputation as a proper champion would improve drastically. For now, however, the question of whether or not he has improved during his time at PSG remains purely a matter of opinion.
- Looking ahead to 2022
If nothing else, a move for Neymar would show that he is still a sellable asset as a man approaching his late 20s. Right now, it is not hard to imagine Neymar five years from now, very much on the wrong side of 30, drenched in Ligue 1 trophies, but without any further Champions League winners medal and still no World Cup winners’ medal.
Given that domestic action cannot ever hope to prepare PSG for the nature of the Champions League, this scenario is a realistic one if Neymar fails to take the initiative within the next fortnight. In turn, the sense of stagnation at PSG could only affect his international career for the worse, and act as a bar to World Cup glory in 2022.
That edition will, of course, mark the twentieth anniversary of Brazil’s last win in the grand competition. He may be too old for an appearance at United 2026, and so, if Neymar wants to be seen as equal to legends such as Pele and Ronaldinho, he will return to La Liga long before the end of August.
Only God (or Kylian Mbappe) can save him if he doesn’t…
Real Betis’ Biggest Signing This Season? It Could Be EasyMarkets.com
Spanish football has been dominated by its top clubs for too long. Despite the best efforts of some of Spain’s other La Liga contenders, Real Madrid and Barcelona have often been the teams to dominate the league; only three times since the 2000/1 season has a different team won the competition.
The Spanish league has been growing throughout the world and teams across the league have seen their fanbase grow in Asia and America. Now more La Liga clubs are seeing their commercial opportunities and revenue increase, and are getting the financial clout they need to challenge for the title. Real Betis are in contention to make a run to the top of the table this season, after signing a three-year shirt sponsorship deal with online Forex traders easyMarkets.com.
Big Money Deals at Real Betis This Summer
Real Betis Balompie has made a big-money signing this summer with their three-year shirt sponsorship deal with easyMarkets.com.
Betis had been looking for a sponsor that reflected their increasing reach into the digital space, and a technology-based CFD trader like easyMarkets.com fits the bill. For the foreign exchange trading provider Easymarkets the deal is mutually beneficial, as sponsoring the shirt of a club like Real Betis Balompie increases awareness of the brand across Europe and the rest of the world.
A sponsorship deal like this helps give Betis a bigger war chest to take to the transfer market this summer, and they have already made some high-profile signings that show their intent to reach for the top of La Liga this season and to qualify for next year’s Champion’s League.
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This sponsorship comes at the perfect time for both parties. Real Betis Balompie has made some big changes over the summer, with a new manager and backroom staff taking control of the squad.
They have also seen some player changes, with stalwart goalkeeper Pau Lopez moving on to AS Roma in a deal worth nearly €30 million and Junior Firpo go to Barcelona for just under €20 million, rising by another €10 million depending on appearances and other clauses.
These transfers, along with the sponsorship fee from easyMarkets, has given Real Betis a lot of clout in the transfer market and lets new manager Rubi shape the squad to his liking.
EasyMarkets Are Not the Only Big Signing This Summer
The club has not been shy in the summer transfer window, bringing in more than €95 million worth of new talent into the squad.
With most of that money spent on attacking players, Betis have signaled their intent to make a big push for the top end of the table, and for European football next season. This makes the shirt sponsorship deal a lucrative one for easyMarkets.
Forex traders surely know a thing or two about speculating to accumulate, and this deal looks like one that could be very profitable for easyMarkets.com if Real Betis step up to European football next year.
Cristiano Ronaldo is cleared from charges over rape allegations in the United States
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be charged for the alleged assault of a woman in Las Vegas after it was announced that there was no physical evidence to back the arguments made against him.
The case ended up when German publishing Der Spiegel gave a woman named Kathryn Mayorga the platform to unfold the supposed event in October a year prior.
Mayorga unreservedly accused Ronaldo for attacking her in a Las Vegas hotel when he was on break in the US in 2009. She further insist that the Portuguese appeal paid her $375,000 as an element of a non-disclosure understanding after the event.
The former Real Madrid star prominently denied the charges, communicating that such a bad behavior clashes with all that he believes in. He tweeted,
“I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in. Keen as I may be to clear my name I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.””My clear conscious will thereby allow me to await with tranquility the results of any and all investigations.”
Las Vegas police resuscitated the Investigation just after the cases were made open. The case was even said to have been moved from the state normal court to an administration court a month back.
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The center of the issue
Las Vegas examiners have now articulated that Ronaldo won’t manage any arraignments over the rape claims becasue there is no physical proof against him. The decision was made in light of the way that they acknowledge the case couldn’t be ‘exhibited past reasonable doubt.’
In a declaration made on Monday, the Clark Territory Lead examiner’s office said (by methods for BBC), “In light of an overview of information starting at now, the cases of assault against Cristiano Ronaldo can’t be exhibited past a reasonable doubt. Thus, no charges will be forthcoming.”
The choice made by the inspectors has put a decision to a long and horrid battle in court between the two parties. It remains to be checked whether Ronaldo or Mayorga herself will openly address the condition in the days to come.
Then, Ronaldo is presumably going to feature in Juventus’ International Champions Cup clash against Inter Milan tomorrow.
Manchester United- The issues that Remain
Manchester United have just begun their pre-season tour but even that hasn’t provided an escape from the problems at the Old Trafford. The club finished the season on a poor note, collecting just one point from matches against Cardiff and Huddersfield.
In transfer terms, only two players have been added to the team, 21-year-old Aaron Wan- Bissaka from crystal palace and the equally talented Daniel James from Swansea, While both deals are at bargain price( showing a significant improvement in United’s recruitments), They hardly have the required experience to lead the line.
THE LUKAKU CONUNDRUM
Rumors from England suggest that Solskjaer is open to a deal as any money generated can be used to strengthen. His position is further re-enforced by the fact that Romelu isn’t a regular starter. There is interest, from Inter Milan, Whose coach Antonio Conte thought he was bringing the Belgium forward to Chelsea in 2017, only to lose-out to Jose Mourinho. However, as of the time of writing, there is no bid- leaving both player and club in Limbo.
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THE POGBA PROBLEM
Paul Pogba has twice stated his “desire” to leave Old Trafford. Reports in Spain suggest that Real Madrid are keen on his signature, but they are yet to make a formal bid, let alone suggest that they could meet United £150m valuation.
Solskjaer has been under constant media scrutiny concerning Pogba’s status but has for now maintained that United need not sell their most expensive player. Truth be said, He didn’t exactly rule out a move happening.
It would be easy to view United’s position as totally bleak. The truth is less straightforward, as Despite not sustaining a single Premier league challenge since 2013, United remain one of the biggest names in world football. The club’s overall revenues for 2018-2019 are expected to exceed £630m, an incredible figure only Real Madrid exceeds. It remains to be seen if such revenue would be used to reinforce Solskjaer’s Squad, not lining owner’s pockets.
Can Man Utd Afford To Lose Romelu Lukaku
It’s no longer news that Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is closing in on a move to Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan but what’s surprising is the ease with which the Red Devils are willing to let him go.
Romelu Lukaku has been at Manchester United for two years since his £75m move from Merseyside giants Everton but his time at Old Trafford is gradually coming to an end.
The player recently talked up the Italian Serie A and his dream is close to becoming a reality after Inter Milan opened negotiations with Manchester United for the Belgian international hitman.
Lukaku has already agreed on personal terms with Inter Milan, but the two clubs are yet to agree on a transfer fee for him.
Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte has been the chief catalyst for the Nerazzurri as confirmed by sporting director Piero Ausilio.
According to him, the move for Lukaku is at the request of Conte who was appointed the Inter Milan manager last month.
Italian tactician Conte is a big fan of Lukaku whom he tried to sign during his time as a Chelsea manager.
Conte tried had failed to sign Lukaku in 2017 before his move to Manchester United.
Since his transfer to Manchester United, Romelu Lukaku has scored the most goals for the Red Devils (42 goals). Let’s examine the consequences of letting the Belgian striker leave for Inter Milan.
1. Goal Threat – Romelu Lukaku possesses a potent goalscoring threat and Manchester United might struggle to replace his goals if he leaves the club for Inter Milan this summer.
2. Proven Premier League Experience – The Manchester United striker has proven Premier League experience spamming clubs like Chelsea, West Brom, Stoke City and Everton. Manchester United might struggle to find a replacement with equal or more Premier League experience. Lukaku is the joint 19th leading goalscorer in Premier League history with 113 goals.
Antoine Griezmann Has €800m Release Clause As New Barcelona Signing
Spanish champions Barcelona have completed the signing of Antoine Griezmann from fellow La Liga club Atletico Madrid.
His transfer was confirmed earlier on Friday after the Catalan giants paid the €120m (£107m) release clause in his Atletico Madrid contract.
The French international player has signed a five-year deal with Barcelona until the end of the 2023/24 season.
This halts an almost two-year transfer saga involving Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
Antoine Griezmann was linked with a move to Barcelona and Manchester United last summer but he went on to sign a new contract.
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He spent five years as an Atletico Madrid player following his €24m move from fellow Spanish La Liga club Real Sociedad in 2014.
Griezmann scored 50 goals and also provided 25 assists for Atletico Madrid in his last two seasons with the club.
Upon his signing, Barcelona confirmed that their new signing has a release clause of €800m in his contract.
His official unveiling will take place on Sunday at the Nou Camp.
Antoine Griezmann will link up with the likes of Luis Suarez and star player Lionel Messi at Barcelona with the trio expected to form a deadly front trio ahead of the new season which kicks off next month.
Transfer Update: Nicolas Pepe Transfer News
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Italian Serie A club Inter Milan have drawn the first blood in the race to sign highly rated Lille winger Nicolas Pepe according to the latest reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom.
Ivorian international Pepe is one of the most exciting prospects on the European football scene.
According to the Daily Express, Inter Milan have made a big bid for him as they try to see off other interested sides like newly crowned European champions Liverpool.
It was revealed that Inter Milan have made a bid of around £80m for the 24-year-old forward.
Nicolas Pepe was in superb form for Lille during the just concluded season in the top flight of French football.
The Ivorian attacker scored 23 goals in all competitions for Lille with 22 of those goals coming in the league alone.
He also provided 11 assists in the league in addition to his goals.
Nicolas Pepe was the standout player for Lille and it’s not surprising that a lot of major European sides are on his trail.
The player is presently on international duty with the Ivorian national team at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Egypt and he would be hoping to build on a very good season at the said tournament.
Liverpool Urged To Sign Antoine Griezmann
Newly crowned European champions Liverpool have been told to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann this summer.
Liverpool were advised to sign the French World Cup winner by ESPN pundit Craig Burley.
According to him, Antoine Griezmann would be a very good fit for Liverpool who already boast of one of the most fearsome attacks in world football.
The Liverpool front trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have performed well for the club on a consistent basis but Antoine Griezmann has a quality of his own.
He was a key member of the France team that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia via a 4-2 win over surprise finalists Croatia in their final clash in Moscow.
Antoine Griezmann has already confirmed that he will leave Atletico Madrid this summer after five years at the club.
The 28-year-old signed for Atletico Madrid after the Spanish capital club reached an agreement with Real Sociedad for his transfer.
Spanish champions Barcelona are thought to be in pole position to secure his transfer by paying the €120m release clause but PSG are also showing interest in the player.
He is also linked with other clubs like Manchester United and Manchester City.
Agent Reveals Liverpool’s Interest In Jean-Philippe
Mainz 05 defender Jean-Philippe Gbamin is reportedly attracting interest from a lot of Premier League clubs including Liverpool.
According to him agent Bernard Collignon, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp called over a possible deal but his German Bundesliga outfit didn’t want to release him in the middle of the season.
The Liverpool manager called the player about a potential transfer in January 2018.
Jean-Philippe Gbamin is an Ivorian international player that can play in a number of positions effectively and efficiently.
The Mainz 05 star can play either as a central defender or as a defensive midfielder.
Jurgen Klopp was rebuffed in his attempt to sign Gbamin in January 2018 thus prompting him to move on to Brazilian international Fabinho whom he signed from French Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco last summer.
Fabinho started life at Anfield slowly but he was able to pick up towards the winter section of the season.
The Brazilian international player was part of the Liverpool team that pushed Premier League champions Manchester City all the way to the Premier League title.
Manchester City won the league from Liverpool by one point.
Fabinho was also in action for Liverpool when they defeated Tottenham Hotspur to win the Champions League title.
The agent of Gbamin rates his client at €60m and also confirmed that talks have taken place with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.
Bristol City Eyeing Permanent Transfer For 26-Year-Old Chelsea Loanee
English Championship club Bristol City are plotting a permanent deal for Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas this summer according to the latest reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom.
Tomas Kalas spent last season on loan at Bristol City whom he joined from Chelsea during last summer’s transfer window.
The Robins are keen to make his loan move to the club permanent this summer.
Kalas was in superb form for Bristol City but he was unable to propel them to the Championship playoffs as the Robins narrowly missed out on the playoff cut on the final day of the regular season.
The 26-year-old is the longest serving player at Chelsea after the Blues paid Czech side Sigma Olomouc £5.2m to secure his transfer in 2010.
Tomas Kalas has previously had loan spells at clubs like Middlesboro and Fulham whom he helped to secure promotion to the Premier League during the 2017/18 season.
He was not retained by Fulham for the Premier League season which turned out to be a poor one for the Cottagers.
Fulham will play their football in the English Championship next season after they suffered relegation from the top flight of English football for the first time.
The Cottagers finished second from bottom at the end of the latest Premier League season.
Bayern Retain Interest In 18-Year-Old Liverpool Target
German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich still retain an interest in Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi according to Bundesliga football expert Christian Falk.
He made this known in a chat with Get German Football News.
According to him, Bayern Munich want to sign both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Leroy Sane.
He further revealed that that the Bavarian giants will leave the transfer of Callum Hudson-Odoi until next summer if they get Sane this summer.
Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has been strongly linked with the Bavarian giants this summer though the Premier League champions want to retain his services and also offer him a new contract.
Christian Falk revealed that Callum Hudson-Odoi and Bayern Munich have an understanding that he will move to the Allianz Arena on a free transfer next summer if they sign Sane this summer.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been linked with a move to Liverpool as well as Borussia Dortmund.
The 18-year-old is presently recovering from a serious Achilles injury sustained towards the end of the season.
He suffered the unfortunate injury during a home league game against Watford.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is already back in light training as he recovers from the Achilles injury.
The young winger has one year left on his contract and he’s expected to be back in action in three months.
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