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The Three Ways Barcelona's Deadly Attack Could Line Up If They Sign Neymar

The Three Ways Barcelona's Deadly Attack Could Line Up If They Sign Neymar

The trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez [MSN for short] was one of the deadliest we have ever seen in football.

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In their time playing together, the trident contributed to an insane 364 goals in 450 games as well as 173 assists for the Blaugrana according to the Daily Mail.

The deadly attacking unit could well be reunited again with the news that Barca are close to finally sealing a deal that would see Neymar return to the club after two years in Paris.

Image: PA
Image: PA

But three could become four in the team's attack after Barca paid Antoine Griezmann's £107 million release clause earlier this summer. The Frenchman has already opened his account with two goals on his Nou Camp debut last week and will look to replicate his heroics with Atletico Madrid.

In June, Catalan outlet SPORT looked at three different ways in which Barca could line up with Neymar and Griezmann in their ranks and it looks seriously scary.

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The first suggestion is for Barca to play their traditional 4-4-3 with Messi reverting to his 'false nine' position and Griezmann coming in at the expense of Suarez, who is benched.

But then the next two options see the quartet in full. There's an incredibly attack minded 4-2-4 formation that is basically a real-life version of FIFA yet the 4-2-3-1 with Messi pulling the strings as a No.10 is the looks most balanced and flexible.

Image: SPORT
Image: SPORT

Barcelona have midfield options including £65 million new boy, Frenkie de Jong, Arthur, Sergio Busquets and Carles Alena but the deal for Neymar is likely to see Ivan Rakitic and Ousmane Dembele join Philippe Coutinho in leaving the club this summer.

In his first spell at Barcelona, Neymar scored 105 goals in 186 appearances - winning three Copa del Reys, two La Liga titles and the Champions League in 2015.

And if he does rejoin as expect, they really ought to be favourites for this season's Champions League.

Topics: Football News, Football, Neymar, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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