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Kylian Mbappe, Marco Verratti Reportedly Wanted by Barcelona If Neymar Joins PSG

 

Barcelona will reportedly move for AS Monaco's Kylian Mbappe and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti should they sell Neymar in a world-record deal this summer. 

According to Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail, PSG are "growing confident" of wrapping up a deal for Neymar worth an astonishing £196 million. Consequently, Barca are said to be considering potential reinforcements, with Mbappe and Verratti on the club's radar.

If Neymar were to move to PSG, it'd be an extraordinary capture and a major coup for the Ligue 1 side. As noted below, they've already snapped up Dani Alves in this transfer window:

According to Mokbel, Neymar's father and representatives for the French club will soon hold further discussions about the possible switch. And while confidence is said to be on the rise a deal can be brokered, those tied to PSG are reportedly keeping calm on the prospect of signing Neymar.

"Although the wheels are in motion, club officials in Paris remain cautious," Mokbel said. "They believed they were on the cusp of landing Neymar last summer, only for the 25-year-old to change his mind at the last minute and sign a new deal at the Nou Camp."

The report states Neymar would earn a whopping £596,000 per week after tax if he were to join PSG. Football journalist Guillem Balague is unsure as to whether this deal will come off, though:

Neymar's departure would leave Barcelona short in attack. Even with the imperious Lionel Messi and incisive Luis Suarez up top, the Brazilian adds levels of thrust, flair and composure few in the game can match.

Mbappe could bring those qualities to the Camp Nou, especially if he continues on the upward curve he sensationally plotted out last season. 

The 18-year-old was crucial in Monaco's Ligue 1 title charge and came alive in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League. However, as noted by Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports News HQ, Barcelona's bitter rivals Real Madrid seem to be positioning themselves to move for Mbappe: