Chelsea have been linked with an exciting late transfer window for Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar.
According to a report in daily MailThe Blues were introduced to the player by the champions of Ligue 1, despite a strong start to the 2022/23 season.
Neymar, of course, has worked with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel before, while the Blues are known to be in the market for an extra striker, with Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang potentially also giving Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo little opportunity to advance. The jump to Stamford Bridge.
Neymar will be sold while PSG has a headache playing versus playing?
It is reported that PSG are willing to offload Neymar as he has been subjected to a Financial Cleanliness Investigation (FFP) by UEFA. This was confirmed by the club previously in August, but PSG made it clear to L’Equipe that the request by European football’s governing body was a regular procedure.
Previously, they were punished for violating the Food for Food Act and were sentenced to a fine of 60 million euros, of which 40 million euros were suspended.
Their behavior in the transfer market has supported this statement. In recent days they have signed Fabian Ruiz from Napoli and it seems they have little desire to cut back on their spending, with Carlos Soler set to join from Valencia as well.
It might seem odd for a club needing to cut their budget to make two contracts that would be deemed unnecessary given the tools already in the squad.
Meanwhile, the apparent conflict between Neymar and Kylian Mbappe can be cited as another reason for a deal. Aside from the on-pitch feud against Montpellier, there was little evidence of feud between the two, as the Brazilian easily secured penalty rights during Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Monaco.
And while PSG were happy to let Neymar go earlier this summer after previous poor performances, he could be seen as a huge risk at this point, given he’s started the season with eight goals and six assists in just five games.
Rumors of Neymar might move to Chelsea, then, are likely to remain. If the transition is made, though, the Blues will get a player back at their peak power.