The Brazilian is still one of the world’s best players, without a doubt, not to mention one of the most marketable. But his rumored fee is gigantic. His wages are fairly enormous as well, even though it has been said he would lower his demands for a chance to return to Barça.
The Paris Saint-Germain star is a genius who can play on the left wing or in the center, but Barcelona already have Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé, Luis Suárez, and Lionel Messi.
According to Transfermarkt, that’s 142.5 million euros, plus 136.8 million, and 93.16 million for just the first three forwards in that list. Add to that a rumored 170 million for Neymar. And of course, there’s also Messi.
That’s a shocking amount of money when you consider it is highly unlikely all five can be on the pitch at once, and it’s probable that not even four can fit together.
Dembélé might be the first sacrificed in these situations, and after that it’s a little less clear. Of course, there is a desire to rest Messi and Suárez more this season, and surely having a superstar like Griezmann or Neymar carry the load more is a blessing.
However, are other areas of the team being left unattended? Is Sergi Roberto or Nélson Semedo up to that same lofty standard as the forwards? What about the midfield, is there enough there? And will Barça regret not signing Matthijs de Ligt?
All these are just questions, as the answer may be that Barcelona’s squad is in fact strong enough in all those positions. It’s tough to bet against signing one of the world’s best players, after all. But sometimes, you do question it, especially in terms of the long-term financial health of the club.