Barcelona’s attack could have been dealt a serious blow after Neymar suffered his fractured vertebra during the World Cup, but according to reports the Catalans and the world learned the 22-year-old will return to Nou Camp training by next month.
Though Neymar might have to share the field with Barcelona’s latest splash move, embattled striker Luis Suarez.
Brazil’s team doctor reportedly stated Neymar will be ready to train sooner rather than later, squelching the belief he would be shelved for the rest of the summer, according to Goal.com.
Less than two weeks after FIFA banned Suarez from all activities for the next four months, the Catalans have already come to terms with Liverpool to pay the Uruguayan’s full buyout clause, worth £75.5 million, according to Daily Mirror.
Even before Suarez bit another player on the pitch for third time in his career, the report stressed manager Brendan Rodgers was already keen on shipping Suarez out. The 27-year-old who netted 31 goals during the latest Premier League term and brought the Reds back to Champions League contention, was still resigned to leave this summer.
Though one cog in the deal remains in motion. Barcelona will send the massive funds to Anfield only if striker Alexis Sanchez refuses to leave Spain. Sanchez, who played a fine World Cup for Chile before Neymar and Brazil eliminated them, will evidently only leave the Spanish side if the move is to Arsenal.
Refusing to let their Emirates rivals swoop in, the Reds have not given up on Sanchez and, as the Daily Star reports, spent much of the weekend trying to persuade his agent otherwise. Liverpool is willing to send Barcelona £34 million so he can be Suarez’s replacement, and in turn the Catalans will send back the remaining £41 million on the Suarez deal.
Should the cash-only deal go through, it will be the third highest transfer fee in history, less than a year removed from Real Madrid setting the new ceiling with winger Gareth Bale.
After spending his youth career with Chilean side Cobreloa, Sanchez worked his way up his country’s leagues and made year long stops in Argentina and Spain, before breaking out with Italian side Udinese. Then in 2011 he switched to Nou Camp, and has netted 39 goals in 88 appearances.
While he can’t be expected to completely fill in for Suarez right away, it’s believed Sanchez might excel as the focal point of an attack, rather than playing second striker to Lionel Messi or Neymar.