Barcelona's planning for the summer transfer window took a left turn in mid-June with the publication of a sensational interview with Paris Saint-Germain's president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
When quizzed by France Football magazine, Al-Khelaifi—who said he was keen to instil some "rigour" and professionalism in his squad after another failed UEFA Champions League campaign—made it clear that the door was open for his out-of-sorts star Neymar Jr. to leave the club, clarifying "nobody forced him to sign here."
Although it seems all three parties (the player, PSG and Barca) are interested in making it happen, a return to the Camp Nou is complicated by several factors: the poor relations between both clubs; the transfer fee involved, with PSG reportedly starting the bargaining at €300 million, according to L'Equipe (h/t AS); and Neymar Jr.'s wage demands—Mundo Deportivo's Roger Torello reported he would have to drop his net salary from €36 million to €22 million a season.
There is also the fans to consider. Barcelona's fanbase is divided about the Brazilian coming back.
"I don't think Neymar nowadays is as good as the player who first came to Barcelona six years ago," says Ernest Pujadas, president of Almogavers, one of Barcelona's "penyes" (supporters' clubs) and the most visible set of Barca fans on matchday at the Camp Nou. "He has only played half the games during his time in Paris. He's injured a lot. He has a lot of personal troubles.
"Also, we think Neymar left us for money. When he left Barcelona, he made a mistake, but we think we have moved on. We must not sign Neymar. He's a good player but he's not in the best moment of his career. It could be a botched signing. He won't find the same club that he left and we will not find the same Neymar that left our club two years ago."