On the same day that the Johan Cruyff stadium opened in the Joan Gamper Esportiva Ciutat, a day after the statue dedicated to the Dutch legend was inaugurated, the Barcelona foremen continued with another kind of fight. Josep Maria Bartomeu, the plenipotentiary president of Barca, has been committed to repatriating Neymar Jr. all summer, because in this way he will finally win the favor of the costumes. Because that will feed his dream of winning the Champions League again after the battles of Rome and Liverpool. Because this way, he might be able to transcend the collective memory by bringing together four galactic-strikers in the same team, with Messi, Luis Suarez and Griezmann as Brazilian companions . However, it is difficult to escape vaudeville. Of the frivolity with which the protagonists are handled in an operation of outcome still uncertain.
After the Rac1 station revealed on Monday night that a representation of Barcelona would go to Paris for the second time to negotiate with the PSG, early Tuesday morning the cameras were already waiting at the El Prat airport as if there they had to parade the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. Josep Maria Bartomeu decided not to take the private flight . Yes, they did Grascar Grau, general director of Barcelona and a great responsible in the club so that the figures of the signings do not break the budget, the manager Javier Bordas, Eric Abidal, technical secretary, and the omnipresent André Cury, sometimes intermediary, to Sometimes club employee, other liaison with Neymar.
They all met the PSG sports director, Leonardo Nascimento de Araújo, but not the president of the Parisian club, Nasser Al-Khelaifi . It matters little since, if an agreement is reached, the one who must approve the distance is Tamim bin Hamad Al Zani, the emir of Qatar. After all, owner of the PSG through its sovereign fund, the Qatar Investment Authority.
But this Tuesday, despite the advances recognized by the parties, there was no understanding either. In the offices of Barcelona they continued with their usual caution, even though time is already on them: «The negotiations have not concluded. They follow their course. We have time until the market closes [that is, next Monday] » .
The French newspaper Le Parisien assured that Barcelona offered 170 million euros to be paid in two installments by Neymar. The Barca club did not confirm this information. Although at the meeting two weeks ago the Barcelona delegation already raised the payment of 170 million euros . Of course, after a transfer period of two years. The PSG opposed then because it demanded that they enter the operation Dembélé and Semedo. But, although Barcelona is willing to part with the first -not the second-, both the end and the side are reluctant to leave their box office at the Camp Nou.
In short, everything goes through the disbursement of a figure that in no case will be less than the aforementioned 170 million euros, and agree on a payment method that Barcelona can face. The PSG has been demanding immediacy due to the need to strengthen its team . Something simple since the Barça club comes to ask for a loan of 35 million euros for the payment of the 120 million euros of the termination clause of Griezmann.
While Bartomeu squeezes the meninges with his acolytes to raise the money - without taking into account that his term ends in two years -, Neymar and his crew increase their pressure. Either by whatsapp , or by Instagram , a platform used by the family patriarch to agree on the message sent by Rivaldo, who also claimed the return of the striker to Barcelona.
Football, the show , the need for immediacy and the perversion of social networks come together in a sainete not suitable for ropes.
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