Neymar is Damaging His Own Reputation at Barcelona

Sad but true

If Neymar is really staying after the rollercoaster of drama that had Cules as conflicted as Gollum, it’s hard not to think he’s done a massive miscalculation by going the route he went.

Barcelona fans have turned against him in large numbers, and not entirely without cause. A poll in Diario SPORT found about three quarters of supporters wanted him gone. True, Neymar himself has not yet publicly claimed he is ready to move on, but his silence amid intense media speculation is, as they say, deafening.

Whatever he is angling for – more money, more influence over personnel choices, more money for his dad, whatever – he may get. But to what cost of his own reputation at the Camp Nou?

A lot of the things that were seen in the best possible light are now being seen in the worst possible light. It’s the Gollum thing again.

Sméagol: Neymar’s allowed a break! He loves his family. Let him go to his sister’s birthday party! He is our friend!

Gollum: No, no! Tricksy Neymar! How dare he disrespect us by leaving during matchdays!

Sméagol: Neymar hasn’t said anything in public. It’s all media rumors!

Gollum: Wicked, lying Neymar! Not to be trusted! Quiet while we suffer!

Except fans are now edging towards permanent Gollumness. If Neymar is staying, then he’s burning up a lot of goodwill he’s built up. He’ll probably recuperate it, after all, nothing is a better tonic than winning. But the short-term damage might be painful. And some may linger into long-term damage.

Ney better speak up and make his choice known publicly soon, or everyone might completely lose their minds. Or he might leave after all. Who knows? But even in that situation, out of sheer politeness if not gratefulness to the club, he ought to make his choice – either way – known very soon.

Time for planning for next season is running out.

Neymar’s Transfer to Paris Saint-Germain is 95% Done, Says CatalunyaRadio

PSG consider it practically a done deal, they say.

Paris Saint-Germain consider Neymar’s capture practically a done deal, says CatalunyaRadio, generally seen as a reliable source. The show Club de la Mitjanit say the transfer is “95% done.”

Barcelona will not ask for a euro less than the 222 million release clause, and no players are expected to be part of the deal.

Key to the deal is the fact that Neymar’s father, Neymar, Sr., will earn a hefty commission fee for the transfer. The father, who acts as the star player’s agent, is thought to be in for an even bigger fee than the 40 million he received when the Catalans signed him from his hometown club, Santos FC.

With Neymar’s father rumored to be due a fortune, and perhaps, some additional non-monetary considerations… and PSG rumored to be ready to pay the 222 million… the only person who can stop this is the player himself.

Again according Club de la Mitjanit, FC Barcelona is trying to convince the forward to remain at the Camp Nou, but Neymar has not committed to staying.

Neymar to PSG Transfer Isn’t Just a Rumor Anymore, It’s a Concrete Possibility

Remember when I said I wanted more evidence? It’s coming…

Just two days ago, I said I didn’t believe Neymar was leaving FC Barcelona. Here’s the last sentence I wrote: “I’m going to keep assuming there’s nothing there until we see more solid evidence.”

Welp, ask and ye shall receive, I guess.

Not only is Marcelo Bechler, the Brazilian journalist who first reported this, not backing down, he’s getting extra support from the likes of Globo. At first, Brazilian media was the only media reporting this, but soon French journalists joined. And now, RAC1, a Catalan source, is reporting that it’s not just a rumor, but a serious option.

Yikes.

Add in the fact that both Neymar and his father did not address any questions about whether they were leaving…? Sure, they were ambushed by journalists, and they have no obligation to respond. But still… something wasn’t quite right.

That’s enough evidence to convince even the hardest of skeptics that this isn’t just the normal noise we hear every year. This is something else.

What, exactly, that is… is the real question. Is Neymar really on the verge of joining? Is he still deciding whether to go or not? Is this all a smokescreen to get a bigger contract? We don’t know that quite yet.

And like I said before, keep an open mind. Don’t believe everything you read. But know that crazy things do happen. Neymar leaving seemed crazy to me, but it seems much less crazy now.

Barcelona Fans are Gollum from Lord of the Rings When It Comes to Neymar-PSG Transfer Rumors

Seriously.

Neymar is rumored to be interested in a move to Paris Saint-Germain, in a shocking, record breaking transfer. FC Barcelona fans’ feelings are all over the place. They’re positively, Gollum-esque.

Gollum: We hates Neymar! Cruel Neymar is trying to leave us and trick us!

Sméagol: No, no, no! Neymar would never do that to us!

Gollum: Poor Sméagol. You think tricksy Neymar likes you? Noooooobody likes you!

Sméagol: But Neymar seems so happy!

Gollum: Wicked Neymar! Loses the ball too often! Wants to sign all his fat Brazilian friendses!

Sméagol: But Neymar gives us goals!

Gollum: But he’s always going to his sister’s birthday party!

Sméagol: But look at all his dribbles! Neymar would never betray us. This is just made up rumors and false, wicked tricks! Neymar is our friend!

Gollum: You have no friends! Brazilian journalistes confirm he wants to leave!

Sméagol: Not listening! Not listening! It’s just the fat, wicked, silly season!

Gollum: We must sell him for precious money! So beautiful, so sweet!

Sméagol: Yes! Yes! Precious money!

Gollum: Yes, we will find so many better replacements! Like Dybala and…

Sméagol: Yes!

Gollum: Dembele and…

Sméagol: Yes!

Gollum: Paulinho and…

Sméagol: NOOOOOOOOOO! LEAVE AND NEVER COME BACK!

Barcelona Fans are Gollum from Lord of the Rings When It Comes to Neymar-PSG Transfer Rumors

Seriously.

Neymar is rumored to be interested in a move to Paris Saint-Germain, in a shocking, record breaking transfer. FC Barcelona fans’ feelings are all over the place. They’re positively, Gollum-esque.

Gollum: We hates Neymar! Cruel Neymar is trying to leave us and trick us!

Sméagol: No, no, no! Neymar would never do that to us!

Gollum: Poor Sméagol. You think tricksy Neymar likes you? Noooooobody likes you!

Sméagol: But Neymar seems so happy!

Gollum: Wicked Neymar! Loses the ball too often! Wants to sign all his fat Brazilian friendses!

Sméagol: But Neymar gives us goals!

Gollum: But he’s always going to his sister’s birthday party!

Sméagol: But look at all his dribbles! Neymar would never betray us. This is just made up rumors and false, wicked tricks! Neymar is our friend!

Gollum: You have no friends! Brazilian journalistes confirm he wants to leave!

Sméagol: Not listening! Not listening! It’s just the fat, wicked, silly season!

Gollum: We must sell him for precious money! So beautiful, so sweet!

Sméagol: Yes! Yes! Precious money!

Gollum: Yes, we will find so many better replacements! Like Dybala and…

Sméagol: Yes!

Gollum: Dembele and…

Sméagol: Yes!

Gollum: Paulinho and…

Sméagol: NOOOOOOOOOO! LEAVE AND NEVER COME BACK!

Barcelona Prepare Paulo Dybala as Possible Neymar Replacement if He Leaves for PSG – Report

Juventus are said to be “worried”

The hottest rumor these days is that Paris Saint-Germain will sign Neymar, and if that does indeed happen, dominos will start to fall.

That’s because his release clause stands at 222 million euro, which would mean Barcelona would be flush with cash and a necessity to fill the void left by the Brazilian star if the deal was struck.

One rumored replacement for Neymar is Juventus’s Paulo Dybala. SportMediaset, an Italian outlet, claims Dybala is atop the Catalans’ wishlist. Barcelona have followed the Argentine forward, who struck the net twice against them in Juventus’s 3-0 win over Barcelona in the past season, for a long time.

Dybala, during his time at Palermo, once said he was prepared to “swim the Mediterranean sea” if Barcelona came calling. “I wouldn’t even have to change into my swimming gear,” he joked.

“Juve trembles”, says SportMediaset. Is this all “fantamercato” as the Italians say, or will we see Dybala at Barcelona?

OPINION: No, Neymar Isn’t Leaving Barcelona to Join PSG

Anything’s possible, but I find it hard to believe this one.

We have seen murmurs in the press saying Neymar is ready to accept an offer from Paris Saint-Germain to leave FC Barcelona. But are they true?

Barcelona’s VP doesn’t think so. And I don’t either.

First off, let’s go back to basics. Two things have to be true for the transfer to go through.

  1. PSG either has to pay the 222 million euro release clause in full OR Barcelona have to accept an offer for him
  2. Neymar himself has to accept the move

At this point, both things have been rumored to be true, but there isn’t solid evidence of it. And just as much as both have been rumored to be true, both have been rumored to be false.

Gerard Romero, a very respected Catalan journalist, tweeted that Neymar’s entourage told him the Brazilian star does not want to leave. And this was confirmed by COPE’s Helena Condis, who said the entourage informed her that Neymar is annoyed at the false rumors saying that he’s unsettled.

A report in Mundo Deportivo says Barcelona are “totally calm and express no symptoms of worry” about their prized forward departing. It also says the club sees Ney as fully committed to Barcelona, and see nothing to suggest otherwise.

When you have conflicting information, you can’t be 100% sure who is wrong. I haven’t phoned Neymar lately, so I couldn’t tell you with absolute certainty what he thinks. And a month ago I would have told you the chances of Paulinho being a Barcelona transfer target were zero. Clearly, unexpected things – even insane things – happen.

But until we get any direct indication that points one and two above are true, I just don’t buy it. The “Neymar to PSG” rumors are becoming a yearly tradition, along with the “Lionel Messi to Manchester City” rumors. And unless Messi was wearing sky blue last season, and I didn’t notice, I’m going to keep assuming there’s nothing there until we see more solid evidence.

WATCH: Behind the Scenes of Nelson Semedo’s First 24 Hours at Barcelona

An inside view as Semedo arrived at Barcelona

Barcelona’s first big signing of the summer transfer window was right-back Nelson Semedo from Benfica. The club has released video giving us an inside look as the young Portuguese defender arrives at the club, has his medical, takes official pictures, and participates in a press conference.

What do you think? Will Semedo impress in his first season at Barcelona?

Barcelona VP Jordi Mestre “200% Sure” Neymar Isn’t Leaving for PSG

And L’Equipe reports PSG won’t be paying for his release

Jordi Mestre, Barcelona’s vice-president, has come out strongly against rumors that Neymar wants to join Paris-Saint Germain.

Speaking at Pep Segura’s presentation as the new sporting manager, Mestre said: “200% sure, Neymar isn’t leaving Barça this summer. This morning, I read that PSG was denying it. There is no reason for there to be a change in the clubs’ relationship.”

French journal L’Equipe said today that a source close to PSG told them that they “weren’t going to resurrect the Neymar show. There exists an enormous clause and we have to be realistic.” Meanwhile, Robert Fernandez, Barcelona’s sporting director, was beating the same drum: “It’s not going to happen. No club will come to pay Neymar’s clause.”

Neymar’s release clause currently stands at a jaw-dropping 222 million euro. That’s before tax.

Barcelona Attempt “Largest Human Soccer Jersey Ever” in NYC During USA Tour

Barça Legends are promised to make an appearance as well

FC Barcelona will be embarking on their US tour soon, and aside from some friendly matches against top European teams, Barcelona are preparing a few special events.

The first is to be held in New York’s Bryant Park and is supposed to be “the largest human soccer jersey ever.” Fans and a few “Barça Legends” (not sure who yet, they haven’t said) will create a huge mosaic before the team’s match against Juventus at MetLife Stadium. Fans will also have the chance to win official Barcelona shirts among other prizes.

The event will start this Saturday, July 22nd, at 9:30 AM. Click here for more information and to register for the event.