In less than a week, FC Barcelona coach Quique Setien has twice reaffirmed his desire to see the Brazilian return to the club.
Obviously, the Neymar soap opera is still not closed at Barça. Club coach Quique Setien had already spoken on Catalan radio Cadena Ser about the PSG striker when compared to Lautaro Martinez, the 23-year-old Inter striker, another Barça target. "They are both great footballers, how could I not love them?" Neymar is one of them. But as it stands, you have to consider what is possible and what is not. We know these footballers cost money and it is not easy to bring them in. " In any case, according to the Catalan coach, the arrival or not of the Brazilian would not be linked to a particular desire of Lionel Messi. "Messi never hinted at bringing Neymar back to me, and I don't think he will."
And what about Griezmann?
A few days later, in an interview with BeIN SPORTS USA, Setien put a layer on the Brazilian. "It's the same thing every year, of course I would like one day to be able to train Neymar, more than any other footballer, we are talking about a very high level. Fortunately, I've already had one of my dreams of coaching the best player in the world, which is Leo (Messi), and we'll see what happens, but it would be nice, of course. "
Neymar’s arrival could already spell the end of Antoine Griezmann’s Catalan adventure, one year after his arrival. It would in any case be a bad sign sent to the 2018 world champion, even if on this subject, Quique Setien kicks in touch. "I'm not used to thinking about the long term. I focus on the short term, because that's what worries me. It is true that there is a lot of speculation in the media, but I try not to be influenced. It is still too early to talk about it because there are uncertainties. ”
But in view of the current economic situation, Barça will a priori find it difficult to get Neymar out of PSG. It will already have to sell, certainly, and at a good price. After the long negotiations that punctuated last July and August, would we have left for a Neymar soap opera this summer?