Neymar ‘not in top 30 players in Europe’ and Barcelona transfer return should not happen, claims presidential candidate

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NEYMAR is ‘not in the top 30 players in Europe’ and should not return to Barcelona, according to presidential candidate Toni Freixa.

Freixa did not hold back with his views on Neymar as he dismissed the PSG striker as not being good enough to come back to Barca.

Neymar is not among the top 30 players in Europe according to Barcelona presidential candidate Toni Freixa

The 28-year-old Brazil striker left Barcelona in 2017 to move to PSG but has been linked with a return to the Nou Camp.

But Barca are searching for a new president and one of the candidates insists Neymar should not be brought back to Spain.

Freixa told Marca: “Neymar, due to his performance, is not even among the 30 best players in Europe right now.

“If I were president, I would not sign him.”

Barca appear to be heading in a different direction and 23-year-old Inter forward Lautaro Martinez is more likely to be a major transfer target when the Spanish giants have recovered financially from the pandemic.

Neymar scored the winning penalty in PSG’s Champions League victory over RB Leipzig on Tuesday but his form this season has been hindered by injury.

The Brazil star has made no secret of his desire to return to Barcelona but there is no guarantee the club will still be interested in signing him.

Much depends on their next president and Freixa has made clear he sees the striker as overrated.

Neymar was sold for £200million and would command another huge transfer fee if he was sold.

But PSG appear to have decided keeping Kylian Mbappe is their priority and would be willing to sell Neymar if they are offered enough money.

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