Barcelona and Real Madrid couldn’t handle a transfer deal for PSG’s Neymar at this moment in time, reports say. The Brazil international wants to leave the Parc des Princes at the end of the campaign. But the Samba star may be denied a transfer because of the coronavirus crisis.
Neymar spent last summer hoping Barcelona would snap him up, reportedly turning down a move to Real Madrid in order to wait for his old club to come calling.
But that didn’t happen with the Catalan giants instead choosing to splurge £108million on Antoine Griezmann, who arrived from fellow La Liga giants Atletico Madrid.
Now, Neymar has supposedly struck an agreement with PSG that will allow him to leave the club when the transfer window reopens – providing they receive a suitable offer and he fully commit himself.
But Ander Herrera, the Brazilian’s PSG team-mate, doubts a deal will happen.
“Right now, no chance,” Herrera responded when asked about the possibility of Neymar and Mbappe moving to Spain by El Transistor.
“They seem very dedicated and happy, nothing to do with what is said.
“What’s more, I think neither Real Madrid nor Barcelona could handle a deal of this calibre in this situation, but I’m no economist and I’m not involved at either club.”
Herrera also admitted to getting along well with Neymar.
“Because of the language, [I get on better with] Neymar,” he admitted.
“It’s true that Kylian tries with Spanish and can defend himself, and I can defend myself in French.”
The Spain international has been tipped to leave PSG having failed to establish himself in France under Thomas Tuchel this term.
And he’s admitted he’d love to return to Real Zaragoza one day and has communicated his feelings to Athletic Bilbao, another one of his old sides.
“I spoke to [Athletic Bilbao sporting director] Rafa Alkorta and if I return to Spain my idea would be to do it with Zaragoza,” he said.
”In Bilbao I had an incredible experience for three years, but now I want to enjoy an incredible experience at one of the best teams in the world like PSG.”
Meanwhile, former Brazil star Juninho has hit out at Neymar and accused him of moving to PSG solely for the mega money he earns in France.
“In Brazil we are taught to care only about money, but in Europe they have a different mentality,” the 45-year-old told The Guardian.
“Unconsciously I made a career plan because I wanted to go to another big club in Brazil, and not to just play for sport.
“I was taught to go to who would pay me the most. That is the Brazilian way.
“Look at Neymar. He moved to PSG just because of money.
“PSG gave everything to him, everything he wanted, and now he wants to leave before the end of his contract. But now is the time to give back, to show gratitude.
“It’s an exchange, you see. Neymar needs to give everything he can on the pitch, to show total dedication, responsibility and leadership.
“The problem is that the establishment in Brazil has a culture of greed and always want more money. This is what we were taught and what we learned.”