Spanish football giants Barcelona hope to strike a part-exchange deal for Neymar that would see Antoine Griezmann join French club Paris Saint-Germain this summer. Barcelona have long waited to get back their Brazilian talismanic forward Neymar ever since he left Camp Nou in 2016. Neymar joined French heavyweights PSG in 2018. PSG value Neymar at €150m while Barca value Griezmann at €100m, as per the report in ESPNFC. Also Read - La Liga 2019-20: Real Madrid Looking Very Strong, Difficult For Barcelona to Win Title, Says Luis Garcia
The Catalans are also ready to pay Neymar’s transfer clause and all the other added amounts that PSG had asked for but were restricted by UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations ahead of the 2019-20 season. Also Read - Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann Likely to Miss Rest of La Liga Campaign After Muscle Injury
Barcelona got restricted in their pursuit for Neymar after roping in French World Cup-winner Griezmann for 120 million euros and Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong for 75 million. Neymamr had left Barcelona for Parc des Princes for a record transfer fee of 222 million euros. Also Read - Barcelona vs Espanyol: Luis Suarez Moves to Third in All-Time Leading Goalscorers For Barca
France World Cup winner Griezmann has not been at his best form in his first season in Spain and selling him could aid the Lionel Messi-led side fund their summer spending.
Barca seem determined to sell Griezmann even if PSG don’t agree to the deal, though the current market might prevent such hefty deals from happening, given how many clubs are struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the report further said.
Meanwhile, Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has recently said the players will take a 70 per cent pay cut during the coronavirus pandemic and make additional contributions to ensure non-sporting staff receive full wages.
In a statement, Barca skipper Messi said: “Before going any further, we want to make it clear that we were always willing to reduce our salaries because we understand perfectly that we are in an exceptional situation. We, as players, are always here to help the the club when they ask.