Neymar

Former Barcelona vice-president Emili Rousaud believes Neymar could return to the club this summer – and the coronavirus could even help.

In 2017, the Catalan club let the Brazil international leave for Paris St-Germain in controversial circumstances after the French outfit paid his release clause,

Barca desperately pleaded with La Liga to block the transfer.

However, they were powerless after PSG met his buyout clause and before the end of the summer Neymar was the world’s most expensive player.

It has left bad blood between the two clubs, with the Spanish side even suing Neymar over a contract renewal bonus.

But it has not stopped Barcelona from looking at signing the 28-year-old in the summer after failing to replace him.

And Rousard has claimed that the coronavirus could see his price driven down.

“Neymar coming back is possible,” he said.

“The coronavirus is going to provoke deflation in the transfer market and the majority of clubs will have financial problems.

“Barcelona will have to analyse if the operation is within the club’s finances.

“The interest is real, but it’s complicated. There are three parties involved: Barca, PSG and the player.

“If the three look for an agreement, they will find the solution: payment in instalments, for example. It all depends on the will of each party and especially on the demands of Neymar.”

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