Speculation continues to link Barcelona with a swoop for Neymar this summer, but there is one player who Ernesto Valverde isn’t reportedly willing to sacrifice for the Brazilian.
The Catalan giants successfully defended their La Liga crown last season, but the manner of their exit in the Champions League and their Copa del Rey final defeat left two major red marks on the campaign.
In turn, reinforcements are expected to arrive this summer to ensure that they have a more successful season next time round, with Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann already being officially announced.
It’s added that while Clement Lenglet is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain in a potential swap deal, Valverde has no interest in losing his centre-half and it’s not surprising given he established a key partnership with Gerard Pique in the heart of the backline last season.
Barcelona still have Samuel Umtiti and youngster Jean-Clair Todibo in that department to offer quality depth and competition, and so losing Lenglet wouldn’t be a disaster.
Nevertheless, it’s added that despite PSG and Thomas Tuchel’s eagerness to prise the French defender away from their European rivals, it’s unlikely to happen as Valverde won’t be convinced to let him leave.
In turn, if a return to Spain is to materialise for Neymar this summer, they’ll have to find an alternative deal, perhaps involving players other than Lenglet.
With that in mind, it remains to be seen just how much money is left in the bank to splash out on new signings, especially for a player like Neymar who will no doubt command a hefty figure.