Neymar’s historic 222 million euro transfer to Paris Saint-Germain has made the former Barcelona Striker the most expensive footballer to ever grace the pitch. The Brazilian player kicked off his stint at the Qatari-owned club by scoring a goal in his debut match, helping secure a 3-0 win for Les Parisiens. While he has abandoned the Catalonians to don the traditional Rouge-et-Bleu of PSG, he has not given up his iconic vivacity for which he is venerated by fans around the world. And, his energetic playing style, which has often been described as “explosive”, may be exactly what PSG needs to consolidate their rightful place at the top of the Ligue 1.
If his auspicious debut is simply a prelude to an even more stellar string of performances, the deal with Barcelona may turn out to be a sound investment for PSG. Otherwise, it would just be another 222 million euros down the drain. But, as recent developments revealed to us, the implications of the handover may not just be limited to PSG. In fact, it may have set a costly precedent for future player purchases, which, if we were to believe all the rumors, may not be very far off…
Chelsea to Splurge on 5 New Players
Manager of Chelsea, Antonio Conte, has decided that five new players would be worthy additions to The Pensioners’ roster. Amongst them are Arsenal midfielder, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Leicester midfielder, Danny Drinkwater. Though it hasn’t been officially announced yet, this spending spree might end up costing Chelsea more than 200 million euros.
Barcelona’s Bid for Coutinho
After releasing Neymar, Barcelona has found itself short of a crucial player. Looking to fill in his shoes, the board of the Spanish team has made a 129 million euro offer to Liverpool F.C. for Brazilian midfielder, Phillipe Coutinho. “The Little Magician”, as he is better known, played his first match for the Reds in 2013, after he was signed by them for a “mere” 9.3 million euros. But if this deal pulls through, it could turn out to be a big payday for Coutinho.
Barcelona Eyes Dembélé
Barcelona has set its sights on another possible addition to its roster: Ousmane Dembélé. But Dembélé’s current team, Borussia Dortmund, isn’t letting one of its best players go very easily. Reportedly, the French football club is demanding an exorbitant 150 million euros before agreeing to sign him over to Barcelona. While Barcelona is unlikely to acquire Dembélé before the end of the Summer Transfer Window, the team’s management remains optimistic about next year.
Marco Asensio’s New Release Terms
With all this talk of transfers, Real Madrid has tried to remain one step ahead of all the big bidders. Losing a star player like Marco Asensio to a wealthy football club could deal a serious blow to the successful team. Accordingly, the Spanish football club’s management has inserted a whopping 500 million euro release clause into his new contract to ward off any buyers; a wise move considering the dramatic increase in transfer fees.
PSG’s Second Big Purchase
You’d think that Paris Saint-Germain may have emptied their pockets by now. After all, 220 million euros is a gargantuan amount of money, even for a team as wealthy as PSG. But it seems that their spending spree hasn’t ended it yet. After accepting their 200 million euro offer, AS Monaco has agreed to hand over 18-years old striker, Kylian Mbappe, to PSG.