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Saturday's Barcelona transfer talk news roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Memphis Depay

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Barcelona on Saturday, August 22.

The summer transfer window has now begun, with rumours and speculation continuing to swirl as Barcelona eye possible reinforcements.

The Spanish champions spent big on Antoine Griezmann last summer but missed out on a big-name striker in January and have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, meaning that selling players rather than buying could be their priority this summer.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer news from the Camp Nou.

Saturday morning's Barcelona transfer talk news roundup:


Neymar's agent claims Lionel Messi could join Paris Saint-Germain

Neymar in action for PSG on July 31, 2020© Reuters

Neymar is unlikely to return to Barcelona in the near future, and there is more chance of the Brazilian again playing alongside Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain, according to the attacker's agent.

The 28-year-old was strongly linked with a move to Camp Nou last summer, and it had been thought that the South American was determined to secure a return to the Catalan giants at some stage.

However, according to Wagner Ribeiro, there is more chance of Messi - allegedly unsettled at Barca - signing for PSG than Neymar moving to his former club.

"There was a time when he was sad because of his injuries. At that time he was ready to leave, to return to Barcelona or go to Real Madrid. Not today, you can see his joy," Ribeiro told Placar.

"I joke with him – living in the city of light, where everyone wants to stroll, enjoying French cuisine, living in a beautiful house, with friends and family close by, playing for one of the best clubs, with everything a person needs and likes – what reason would he have to leave PSG today?

"Neymar is happy and I think he'll stay at PSG for at least two more years. Today, without a doubt, it's easier for Messi to go to PSG than for Neymar to return to Barcelona – Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. I'm serious, you can't doubt Qatar's economic power."

Neymar's existing deal in the French capital is due to expire in June 2022.



Ronald Koeman 'wants to bring Memphis Depay to Barcelona'

Lyon's Memphis Depay celebrates scoring against Juventus in the Champions League on August 7, 2020© Reuters

New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is reportedly keen to bring Lyon attacker Memphis Depay to Camp Nou during this summer's transfer window.

The Catalan giants are expected to overhaul their squad ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, with a number of players both leaving and arriving at the club in the coming weeks.

According to RAC1, Koeman has identified Memphis as a possible acquisition, with the former Manchester United attacker starring under the new Barca boss for the Netherlands.

The 26-year-old also enjoyed a strong 2019-20 campaign at club level despite picking up a serious knee injury, scoring 15 times in 22 appearances in all competitions.

Lyon allegedly value Memphis in the region of €55m (£49m), although the asking price could drop as his contract in France is due to expire next summer.

Barca are also believed to be eyeing a move for fellow Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum.


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Inter Milan 'determined to sign Lionel Messi'
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