There is still a massive question mark hanging over the much-publicised transfer of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain. After the French side met the Brazilian’s whopping €222 million buyout clause at Barcelona, the deal was brought to a grinding halt by La Liga, which refused to grant permission for the move saying that the deal would infringe Financial Fair Play (FFP).
However, with the striker now claiming that he will take the case to FIFA, there is a slim chance that the move might go through.
Knowing that such a massive transfer could have a domino effect, here’s a look at how the deal, if it goes through, will impact other teams.
According to multiple reports, Barcelona will be eyeing Liverpool talisman Philippe Coutinho, who scored 14 goals last season despite having spent six weeks out with an ankle injury.
However, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has so far been steadfast in his stance that the Brazilian is not for sale. What adds to the difficulty of the move happening is the fact that Coutinho signed a five-year deal in January.
However, if previous transfer windows have taught us anything, it’s that there is no such thing as a player who does not have a price tag. With Barcelona having €222 million at their disposal, they could make Liverpool an offer the English club just cannot refuse.
However, Coutinho is not the only player on Barcelona’s radar should they need to replace Neymar. A certain Kylian Mbappe could also find himself being wooed, according to The Telegraph.
The 18-year-old footballer – who scored 26 goals last season for Ligue 1 champions Monaco – is also being chased by Barcelona’s eternal rivals Real Madrid and English giants Manchester City.
Over this summer Monaco have shown they are not averse to selling players having sold players like Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoune Bakayoko.
Should the transfer go through, Monaco will need someone to share the burden of scoring goals. Currently, a little-known 21-year-old French striker by the name of Adam Diakhaby has caught their fancy, according to Spain’s AS.
Diakhaby currently is employed with French club Stade Rennes and played 25 games for them last season.
Of course, there is the matter of who Real Madrid will train their guns on if Mbappe is bought by Barcelona.
According to new reports, the Spanish outfit have made overtures at Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele.
However, for all of these dominoes to fall into place, the first one, Neymar, needs to tumble. That right now is staying put, thanks to the La Liga officials.
Published Date: Aug 03, 2017 19:17 PM | Updated Date: Aug 03, 2017 19:17 PM