UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules make Neymar’s dream almost impossible

There were reports in the Catalan press a few days ago that Barcelona had contacted Paris Saint-Germain about the possible return of Neymar.

If this is true, this would be Barcelona‘s second attempt to re-sign the forward after the two clubs failed to agree terms in 2019.

Although PSG are said to be in advanced talks with Neymar regarding a contract renewal, the Brazilian still hasn’t signed on the dotted line, allowing Barcelona to hold a glimmer of hope that he will return to Catalonia.

However, should Neymar not renew with PSG, not only would Barcelona have to find the funds that PSG would demand but there would also be another obstacle in the shape of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.

Barcelona are currently in an enormous amount of debt and are said to owe as much as 1.173 billion euros, of which 730 million euros is short-term debt, according to a report provided by the previous board, which was led by Josep Maria Bartomeu.

The current situation that Barcelona find themselves in would raise questions about the possibility of both signing Neymar and renewing the contract of Lionel Messi without breaking the Financial Fair Play rules.

Barcelona are already in hot water after they were one of the clubs in the failed European Super League project, which Joan Laporta knew would be a potential cash cow.

In order for this pipedream of keeping Messi and bringing Neymar back to the club to happen, Barcelona would have to try and sell some of their highest earners, such as Antoine Griezmann, Samuel Umtiti and Philippe Coutinho.

PSG‘s sporting director, Leonardo, confirmed that there has been an agreement reached between the club and Neymar, with the player also making it clear before the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City that he will be a PSG player next year.

There is also a judicial obstacle that both parties – Neymar and Barcelona – would have to overcome, should the 29-year-old decide to move back to Catalunya.

The court dispute claims that the Blaugrana owe Neymar 44 million euros following the last contract he signed with the club in 2016, with Neymar‘s lawyers determined to chase down the money.

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