With Neymar seemingly heading for PSG... Who should Barcelona sign to replace him? VOTE: https://t.co/GvmalnonCq pic.twitter.com/zOTDwin0CH — Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) July 28, 2017The biggest challenge for Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu is now how much cash to splash in the next four weeks, especially after two years in which they have largely overpaid for little return in the transfer market on the likes of Andre Gomes, Paco Alcacer and Arda Turan. There will be pressure for the Catalans to reassert themselves by landing a marquee signing with Phillippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Paulo Dybala and Kylian Mbappe all linked. However, finding a like for like replacement for Neymar will be impossible --that is why he fetched a fee more than double the previous transfer record.
Lionel Messi hands Barcelona list of three players to replace Neymar https://t.co/giSaXE2Xem pic.twitter.com/jKsxK7vtEA — Sun Sport (@SunSport) July 25, 2017"Barcelona have been sleeping," Barca legend Xavi told the Tactical Room last month. "They have to strengthen the youth academy." In need of fresh blood, Barca could do with the academy that produced Messi, Xavi and Iniesta coming good once more. In Neymar's departing words: "I made a trio with Messi and Suarez that made history. Conquered everything an athlete can conquer." For three years the 'MSN' formed a thrilling front line arguably unrivalled in football history. In 110 matches together, they scored a combined 228 goals. Yet, by building the team around three forwards, other parts of the team struggled, most notably midfield which had been their strength in the glorious Guardiola years. The 'MSN' is no more, but if Barca use the Neymar funds to reinforce their midfield to back up the firepower still provided by Messi and Suarez, they will remain a force to fear in La Liga and the Champions League.
Barcelona's main man has put forward THREE players he wants the club to replace Neymar with... https://t.co/d5Fra1quMP— SPORTbible (@sportbible) July 23, 2017