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Exclusive – Jordi Farre has stated that Neymar could return to sign for Barcelona at a relatively low price if he is elected president of the club in the January elections.
The possible presidential campaigns of Barcelona are increasing now, and the elections to decide the next leader of the club will take place on January 24.
Among favorites like Joan Laporta and Victor Font is Jordi Farre, 45, who has spoken of Neymar’s return among his campaign promises.
Neymar left the Camp Nou for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record contract in 2017.
Talking to 90min.es, Farre reiterated his desire to see Neymar back at Barça.
“What I have said is that Barça has to be made up of 80% La Masia players and 20% players, who, for me, have to be the best in the world,” he said.
“And logically Neymar for me is number two or number three best in the world and obviously I would like to. I always like to have the best.”
Everything that is said about future signings, however, must be placed in the context of the economic situation of Barcelona.
Barcelona announced losses of 97 million euros for the 2019/20 season and confirmed that its total debt it has amounted to almost 500 million euros.
Earlier this season, Barça players agreed to pay € 122 million in cuts as the club tries to recover from the ongoing pandemic.
Meanwhile, the club’s interim president, Carlos Tusquets, even admitted that he would have sold Lionel Messi in the summer, given current problems.
Farre, however, claims that Neymar can be hired at a relatively low price.
“My term as president cannot be one of big signings or big names,” Farre said. “Signing Neymar I think is the best economic investment that can be made. I think it will be cheap, since he will have to request a transfer request.
“He is already in the last year of his contract, which I am sure will make Neymar very cheap. He will be a player who will cost between 40-50 million euros.”
“So if the sporting director asks me, I think I will do my best to bring it up.”
Neymar’s contract at PSG expires in 2022, while the player himself has spoken of a reunion with his former teammate Messi. However, it is not clear in which club.