Neymar, Pogba, Eriksen: La Liga deadline deals to look out for on Monday

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By Andy West
Spanish football writer
Transfer deadline day might have already been and gone Britain, but in most European countries it remains open until Monday and a few deals may be struck.
Most of the big-money motions are very likely to take place in Spain’s La Liga, where potential swoops from the guns have dominated the headlines for much of the summermonths.
The greatest story, clearly, has been the doubt over the future using a particular Brazilian superstar…
Undoubtedly the drawn-out and expensive move of the summer are Neymar’s return into Barcelona from Paris St Germain.
On the surface of it, the move ought to be easy: Neymar wishes to join Barca, PSG need him out and he is wanted by Barca . But the deal is beset by political boardroom machinations deep sufficient to make Brexit seem as a playground squabble over hopscotch, therefore it’s been quite tricky to get on the point.
A disadvantage is that Barca do not have money, they had to carry a bank loan to complete the signing of Antoine Griezmann out of Atletico Madrid. The Catalan club are trying to conjure up alternatives, like even a loan deal or a player-exchange with a buy clause, but none of them have been approved by PSG.
Earlier this week the team rejected the latest offer following two days of talks of Barca, also reports on Saturday claimed that Neymar has given up on sealing the move. But given the dishonest and secretive nature of this deal, that could be no more than a second outbreak of head games. It is probably safest to not think anything until the bell has appeared.
Thinking about the sky-high cost along with the manner of his death in the Camp Nou two summers before, it’s not surprising that Neymar’s possible return to the club is being met with a fair amount of opposition.
Former Barca director Toni Freixa summed the hostility by tweeting: »We’re jeopardising the club’s economic sustainability. I really don’t understand what interests will be at stake, but these of Barcelona certainly are not. »
But president Josep Maria Bartomeu seems to be prepared to forgive Neymar and forget all the fuss so one of the most breathtaking moves in football history may happen in recent days.
However, an ever more popular conspiracy theory – voiced by former France international Frank Leboeuf among others – claims that Barca have no intention at all completing the deal and therefore are actually committing Neymar an elaborate type of punishment because of his earlier treachery, with the additional incentive of stringing along PSG for a few months.
Surely not…?
The key to completing the Neymar deal could be if at least one of Barca’s present stars agree to move to Paris in yield, and also within the course of the summer almost half of the Camp Nou squad have been connected to PSG as a portion of the transaction.
Right-back Nelson Semedo, central defender Samuel Umtiti and former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho (who ended up joining Bayern Munich on loan) are one of those who had been allegedly provided or asked as pawns without understanding being reached.
One other name is Ivan Rakitic. And distress is provoked by the fact that though the knowledgeable Croatian midfielder was nearly glamorized over the past few decades (only Lionel Messi has started more league games because director Ernesto Valverde came in 2017), he was abandoned on the bench for the first few matches of the new effort.
Along with Rakitic, Barca may be prepared to part with flying French winger Ousmane Dembele, that has been no longer than the success because arriving as a big-money replacement for Neymar out of Borussia Dortmund (where he was managed by present PSG coach Thomas Tuchel).
Dembele has shown flashes of his enormous talent during his time in the Camp Nou however he has also tested Valverde’s patience by frequently suffering injuries involving reports of personal indiscipline – it ought to be noted, though, that Dembele has played more games for his club (66) compared to Neymar (58) at the previous two seasons, therefore the’injury prone’ tag cannot be fairly used as a decisive factor against the Frenchman.
Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo – overlooked by Valverde far this year – and centre Jean Clair Todibo also have been touted as PSG recruits that were possible. There’s every chance that Neymar’s move to Barcelona will only happen if a minumum of one participant heads in the opposite direction.
Real Madrid also have been linked together with the president Florentino Perez of the Bernabeu club this summer, with a swoop to Neymar a admirer of this star abilities along with his firm pulling power off the pitch.
On the other hand, the arrival of Eden Hazard along with also the failure to dispense Gareth Bale or James Rodriguez signifies that Zinedine Zidane’s squad is amply stocked with winger/forwards, and speculation about Actual snatching Neymar from Barca has significantly died down over the past couple of days.
That does not mean Actual have certainly concluded their business for the summer though, because an addition to the center of midfield is very much on the schedule for Zidane, who quipped on Saturday that his club may burst a »bomb, or 2 bombs » until the window closes.
Over the previous 12 months the club have let the departures of Mateo Kovacic (to Chelsea), Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) and Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid) without making any significant additions in the center of the pitch, leaving inexperienced Uruguayan Fede Valverde as the only real alternative to this long-serving trio of Luka Modric (who’ll turn 34 next month), Toni Kroos and Casemiro.
It’s no secret that Paul Pogba continues to be the number one target ever of Zidane since he returned to the Bernabeu and the coach was left frustrated by his club’s failure to make progress with Manchester United on his compatriot.
Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and Ajax celebrity Donny van de Beek would be another leading options, along with Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon continues to be connected, however Pogba remains Zidane’s favoured selection and it would be unwise to fully rule out developments before Monday’s deadline.
Zidane won’t need to venture in the campaign with just four midfielders at his disposal, therefore it’d be more surprising if someone isn’t signed by Real. The issue is if United can be persuaded to striking a bargain.
La Liga, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, are looking to boost their departments before Monday’s deadline.
Atletico have come close to registering all-action Spain Rodrigo Moreno with a 65 million euros swoop progressing to start saying his farewells on the dawn of the new season.
But AC Milan’s bid for Atletico forward Angel Correa – that would have financed the bargain – dropped at the last moment, so Rodrigo has stayed in Valencia for today. Milan’s move for Correa could be reignited, however, and that would pave the way for Rodrigo to complete his move.
In turn, the income from that transfer could see Valencia finalise an agreement with Barcelona for creative midfielder Rafinha, while the Mestalla club are also currently looking for a following a long-term harm to rookie Cristiano Piccini.
In addition to Atletico the only other group from La Liga to acquire their opening two games is Sevilla, where there has been a summer of frantic activity after the recurrence of legendary director of soccer Monchi led to no less than 12 brand new signings – and they are not finished yet.
The Andalusians waved goodbye to 3 strikers during the off-season, together with Wissam Ben Yedder, Andre Silva and Luis Muriel all leaving, along with West Ham striker Javier’Chicharito’ Hernandez was lined up to support Dutch goal guy Luuk de Jong, a summer arrival from PSV.
Still another striker who might be on the move perhaps even to Sevilla if the Chicharito deal falls through – is Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz, who scored 21 goals for Lyon in the 2017/18 year but is undesirable by Zidane and will be available for around 20 million euros on deadline day.
All these prospective transfers, however, are being left to the shadows cast from this summer’s story : Can there be yet a second twist at the Neymar saga?

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