Football has officially gone mad. Brazilian superstar Neymar has left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in a deal worth £196 million. If you thought Paul Pogba and Gareth Bale were expensive, then think again. While Neymar may well be the third best player on the planet, that price tag is utterly ludicrous, and represents everything modern football has become; a corporate world dominated by whoever has the biggest bank account.
However, the move does leave a rather gaping hole in Barcelona’s legendary ‘MSN’ attacking trident, in need of a huge replacement before the start of a new season. While the new signing that Ernesto Valverde chooses to make will not be on the level of the Brazilian trickster, there are plenty of options out there for the Catalan side.
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A man touted as a potential heir to Lionel Messi’s throne, the Argentinian has been exceptional throughout his spell at Juventus, shining as the Old Lady knocked Barca out of the Champions League last year. His versatility enables him to play up front, in behind the striker, and on the wing which makes him an incredibly viable option for the Catalan side, should they decide to pick him up.
The French wonderkid has been heavily linked with Real Madrid, but don’t rule out their fierce rivals coming in for the Monaco starlet. Despite not being on the scene for much more than half a year, Mbappe impressed everyone with his performances in the latter stages of the Champions League, only Cristiano Ronaldo scored more in the knockout stages. A hefty £100 million plus fee would accompany the Frenchman, but he comes with unlimited potential.
Another Frenchman whose short stay at the top tier of football has been incredibly impressive. The pace and skillful dribbling Dembele possesses made him a nightmare for Bundesliga’s defenders last year, as he terrorised everyone in his sight both domestically and in Europe. His lethal link up play with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang only leaves you wondering what he could do alongside Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
Liverpool’s talismanic Brazilian is highly sought after and for good reason. While a little inconsistent at times, Coutinho can work his magic to unravel any defence in world football, or simply leave it standing as he slams home a 30-yard screamer. He’s been linked with Barcelona for some time now, and looks a natural successor to his Brazilian compatriot.
My Choice – Ousmane Dembele. The Dortmund winger is very young, has bags full of potential, and is the most like for like replacement, with skill, electric pace and a good eye for goal.
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