Barcelona Director Pep Segura Admits Neymar Could Leave PSG & Return to Camp Nou

?Barcelona sporting director Pep Segura has refused to rule out the possibility of Neymar leaving Paris Saint-Germain and returning to the club in the future.

The Brazilian shocked the world when he left Barcelona in favour of Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, with the French side activating Neymar’s release clause of £198m. He has been a key player for PSG, but rumours have persisted linking him with a return to Spain with either Barcelona or Real Madrid.

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Speaking to Spanish outlet ?La Vanguardia, Segura admitted that, whilst ?Barcelona are not currently interested in ?Neymar, they would certainly consider signing the winger once again if he could improve the team.

He said: “In the professional field all players who are in the market are able to come if they fit our needs. 

“Today, Neymar is not in the market. If one day there is a possibility, does anyone believe that a club like Barça does not have to consider it? In the case of Neymar and anyone else.

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“We must not forget the insult that Neymar made to us all as a club. But if we believe that, despite this, it must be him, it will be him. And finally, it is important that the economic part fits.”

According to ?Marca, Barcelona are aware that Neymar would like to return to the club, and they would be happy to bring the Brazilian back to ?La Liga. They were reportedly offered the chance to sign Neymar again this summer, but the move failed to materialise.

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?Real Madrid were also given a chance to sign the winger, with Neymar described as Real president Florentino Perez’s ‘obsession’.

For Neymar to return to Barcelona, Marca claim that they would have to submit an offer of £198m to PSG, as there is already a verbal agreement in place which states that Neymar can leave the club if they receive such a bid.

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Revealed: The Conversation Between Paul Pogba & Lionel Messi at Dubai Restaurant

?Barcelona forward Lionel Messi met with Paul Pogba in a restaurant in Dubai on Saturday, stoking rumours that the Manchester United star could be looking for a move to Barcelona, as he was filmed joking with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner ‘we have to play together’.

While ?recent reports suggest Pogba has ‘patched up’ his fractious relationship with manager Jose Mourinho, Barcelona have been heavily linked with a move for the World Cup winner, with some even suggesting that ?the 25-year-old is desperate to play alongside Messi.

During the international break, the two stars – who skipped national team duties due to injury – crossed paths at a social media sensation Salt Bae’s restaurant in Dubai restaurant, while on holiday.

According to the ?Sun, the pair spoke ‘for a few minutes’ and posed for pictures together. Among the reported topics of conversation was the song popularised by ?Pogba following France’s World Cup triumph about French midfielder ?N’Golo Kante – which features the line “he stopped ?Leo Messi“. 

Most intriguingly however, an Instagram clip of the two talking together in Spanish appears to show Pogba joking with Messi: “we have to play together” – a statement the Argentine laughs off.

Perhaps reading too much into the banter between the superstars, some Manchester United fans may hope that Pogba’s cheeky comment is an attempt to tempt Messi to Old Trafford, while others may assume it is a tacit admission of his desire to move to Barcelona.

Messi is not involved with Argentina during the international break, and has not been part of the squad since the conclusion of the World Cup, amid reports that ?he is considering his international future.

The links between ?Barcelona and Pogba have somewhat subdued in recent weeks as his situation has seemingly improved in Manchester. ?United appear to have rediscovered some of their best form, with impressive displays against the likes of Chelsea and ?Everton helping to improve the mood around Old Trafford.

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Man City Edge Ahead of Barcelona in Race to Sign £61m Ajax Starlet Frenkie de Jong

?Manchester City are believed to have moved ahead Barcelona in the race to sign Ajax youngster Frenkie de Jong in a £61m swoop, as the club up their efforts to secure a successor for midfielder Fernandinho.

Along with his Ajax and Netherlands teammate Matthijs de Ligt, de Jong’s future has been under intense speculation in recent months, with a host of elite clubs looking to secure his services. The 21-year-old opted to remain with the Eredivise giants despite interest last summer, but now appears to be edging closer to a big money move abroad.

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According to the Mirror, ?City will succeed in fending off competition from the likes of ?Tottenham Hotspur and ?Barcelona to seal the deal, with manager Pep Guardiola’s reputation for developing young players believed to have attracted de Jong to the club. While the Citizens have one of the best squads in the league, replacing Fernandinho remains a key priority.

City fans will no doubt be excited about the prospect of their club signing yet another talented youngster, and former Ajax boss Henk ten Cate has talked up the chances of both de Ligt and de Jong leaving this season.

He said (via Mundo Deportivo): “They are two very talented players, although talent alone does not decide anything.”

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“Both have talent and a good head, and that is very important. The logical thing is that they leave Ajax this season and I think it’s the best decision for their careers. Here the League is too easy and they need a more competitive competition.”

In other news, while Barça appear to have missed out on de Jong, ?they’re now hot favourites to sign de Ligt in a £60m deal?Liverpool were believed to have been eager to link up the 19-year-old with his international teammate Virgil van Dijk at Anfield, but it is now rumoured that the Catalan giants have moved into pole position to complete the deal.

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Barcelona Make Ajax Pair Primary Targets for Summer 2019 as Plans to Regenerate Squad Commence

?Barcelona are lining up summer moves for both Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, as the Catalan club look to begin building for the future.

Both have been touted as future world beaters, but despite interest from a host of clubs in the two Dutchmen last summer, both remained at Ajax.

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De Jong is seen as the perfect ball playing midfielder to build Barcelona’s future around and the club believe De Ligt’s ability on the ball will make him the perfect replacement for Gerard Pique.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have ?made up their minds on the pair of them and will pursue both in the summer of 2019. 

Ajax aren’t expected to part with their prized assets easily, but it’s understood that both have expressed that they wish to leave in search of more competitive football and the chance to play on a bigger stage.

Barca are especially keen on de Jong, having already made their feelings clear on the player last summer. It’s understood that the board see him as the replacement for Sergio Busquets in the long term, but also admire the Dutchman’s versatility – de Jong can play anywhere across the midfield and is comfortable in a deep or advanced position.

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The ambitious move to sign both De Jong and De Ligt will send a clear message across Europe about where Barcelona’s focus is. 

While the old guard will still play a key role in what the club does in coming years, the blend of youth and experience will mean the Catalans can stay competitive across multiple competitions.

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Details Emerge About What Eric Abidal Told Ousmane Dembele in Recent Meeting About Future

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembélé was at the centre of talks between the club’s hierarchy as they desperately look to resolve issues that the World Cup winner is having in Catalonia.

The Frenchman’s problems have risen to the surface as he failed to inform the club he would miss training through illness, prompting Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde to leave Dembélé out of the squad which suffered a 4-3 loss to Real Betis.

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Newly appointed technical secretary Éric Abidal recently took charge of a meeting with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, vice president Jordi Mestre and general manager Pep Segura where they discussed the out-of-favour Dembélé.

Mundo Deportivo report that it was during this meeting where Abidal warned Dembélé about a list of players who failed to live up to expectations due to their attitude, despite having the world at their feet in the early stages of their career.

It is added that in total their meeting lasted roughly one hour, and at no point during their talks did Barcelona ever express their desire to see Dembélé leave the club.

Premier League sides Arsenal and Liverpool have both been linked with moves for the former Borussia Dortmund winger, but so far there doesn’t appear to be any concrete discussions happening between Barcelona and any interested clubs.

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Dembélé struggled to keep his problems off the pitch in check during his brief time with Dortmund, where he eventually forced his way out after ostracising himself from the club’s staff by boycotting training, eventually forcing the Black and Yellows to cash in.

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