Former Barcelona player Rivaldo thinks Barcelona should go all out on bringing back Neymar to the Camp Nou and reuniting him with Lionel Messi rather than signing another striker, Lautaro Marinez.
Barcelona already has world-class strikers in the form of Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann. So they should bring in a wide man to add more dynamic to their play.
Neymar moved to PSG for a world-record fee of €222 million in 2017. But the move hasn’t worked out for the Brazillian. He has always spoken of returning back to Barcelona ever since.
Barcelona wanted a deal for Neymar last season but the transfer didn’t materialise. Barcelona have now set their eyes on Inter striker Lautora Martinez. They see him as a long term replacement for the ageing veteran Luis Suarez.
Rivaldo wrote in his column for Betfair: “The rumours are growing about Barcelona’s intention to sign Neymar and Lautaro Martinez in the next transfer window. Although the young Argentinian is a good player, I think that only Neymar is a certain bet to claim a place in the starting XI side by side with Messi.”
“Looking at the last few years we have seen many valuable players who didn’t manage to play alongside Messi – failing to perform under the expectations.”
“But Neymar – like Luis Suarez – is one of the few players in the world that doesn’t feel pressure on the pitch, always playing with plenty of personality. He never gets frightened and it would be a safe option for the club while Martinez is a young, talented forward that perhaps in two or three years may become a good signing.”
“For now I think the club should prioritise Neymar. I’m a fan of his qualities and personality and I know that sometimes I’m liable to criticism as some Barcelona fans didn’t like the way Neymar decided to leave the club.”
“But the truth is that he is a different player now who should be a nice help to Messi and co. in trying to win another Champions League.”
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