What are the pros and cons of potential Neymar replacements for Barcelona?

Pros and cons of 7 possible Neymar replacements

What are the pros and cons of these potential Neymar replacements for Barcelona?

FootyOn experts assess the pros and cons of seven possible Neymar replacements following the Brazil star’s world record move from Barcelona to PSG.

They say marquee signings are becoming one of football’s biggest cliches, but Neymar has just made himself precisely that.

The Brazil forward has just completed an eye-watering £200,000,000 move from Barca to mega-rich French Ligue 1 club PSG.

Never find the Financial Fair Play implications, it leaves a void to fill at the Nou Camp.

Ernesto Valverde and the Barca board must weigh up the pros and cons of these potential Neymar replacements, though…

Philippe Coutinho

Chief among possible Neymar replacements is Anfield talent Phiippe Coutinho.

Chief among possible Neymar replacements is Anfield talent Phiippe Coutinho.

Liverpool and Brazil star Coutinho was linked with Barcelona before the need for Neymar replacements arose.

This Kop idol is capable of the spectacular and reached double figures for the first time in the Premier League last term.

For all his silky skills and long-range efforts, Coutinho doesn’t have the best fitness record and flopped when joining Inter Milan at a young age.

Coutinho is a best-price 11/8 with Sky Bet to join Barca before the end of this transfer window.

Ousmane Dembele

Another of the potential Neymar replacements is Ousmane Dembele, who impressed in Germany last term.

Another of the potential Neymar replacements is Ousmane Dembele, who impressed in Germany last term.

Borussia Dortmund and France forward Dembele is a highly-rated young talent that scored 10 and made 21 goals in all competitions last term.

Rumours linking Dembele to the Nou Camp also first surfaced before Neymar left.

He is just one year into a five-year deal in Dortmund, however, and the least proven goalscorer on our list.

Dembele is odds-on at 5/6 with Paddy Power to be at Barcelona by September.

Paulo Dybala

Could Barcelona turn to Paul Dybala when seeking Neymar replacements?

Could Barcelona turn to Paul Dybala when seeking Neymar replacements?

Juventus and Argentina attacker Dybala played alongside compatriot Messi in national coach Jorge Sampaoli’s first game in charge, a 1-0 victory over bitter rivals Brazil.

They have dovetailed nicely for their country, so why not make the arrangement at club level too?

The only fly in the ointment with this option is the contract extension Dybala signed in Turin back in April.

Paddy Power go 3/1 that he joins Barca in spite of that.

Antoine Griezmann

If Barcelona want a proven La Liga performer among Neymar replacements, then Antoine Griezmann is a real shout.

If Barcelona want a proven La Liga performer among Neymar replacements, then Antoine Griezmann is a real shout.

Atletico Madrid and France forward Griezmann is a proven La Liga performer with 100 goals in 252 top-flight games.

He has also scored 20 or more across all competitions in each of the last four seasons.

Griezmann has just penned a new deal with Atleti, though, having resisted overtures from Manchester United.

Sky Bet are a best-price 15/2 he leaves Diego Simeone’s side for the Catalan giants this summer.

Eden Hazard

Another Premier League based option among Neymar replacements could be Eden Hazard.

Another Premier League based option among Neymar replacements could be Eden Hazard.

Belgium star Hazard has inspired Chelsea to two Premier League titles and was previously linked with Real Madrid.

Now that Barcelona have money for Neymar replacements, however, could they emerge as a destination?

The one concern with this player is how his form tailed off badly the season before last when things weren’t going well.

Hazard is a tempting 10/1 with Paddy Power to move to the Nou Camp in this window.

Angel Di Maria

Could Angel Di Maria going the other way be a solution among Neymar replacements for Barcelona?

Could Angel Di Maria going the other way be a solution among Neymar replacements for Barcelona?

Having played for Benfica, Real Madrid, Manchester United and now PSG, Argentina’s Di Maria has plenty of experience at big clubs.

While he has a La Liga title on his CV, plus Copa del Rey successes and a Champions League triumph during his days at the Bernabeu, Di Maria is not a prolific goalscorer.

What he lacks in front of goal is more than made up for in assists, though, as Di Maria average setting one up for a teammate every other game in La Liga (62 in 124).

Di Maria is 6/1 with Paddy Power to join Barca before the summer is over.

Kylian Mbappe

And young Kylian Mbappe would likely the most expensive option of possible Neymar replacements.

And young Kylian Mbappe would likely the most expensive option of possible Neymar replacements.

Monaco and France teenage talent Mbappe is the in-demand player in the transfer window.

Getting so much money from PSG means Barcelona could reinvest by entering the race and secure him as one of the possible Neymar replacements.

Whether they will want to put all their eggs in one basket, while other European heavyweights chase Mbappe remains to be seen.

Top odds of 9/2 with Sky Bet say Mbappe is off to Barca before the summer window shuts.

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