Interest Builds As PSG Owner Reportedly Wants to ‘Punish’ Barcelona by Purchasing Sworn Rival Club

Interest Builds As PSG Owner Reportedly Wants to ‘Punish’ Barcelona by Purchasing Sworn Rival Club

  • Owners of PSG, Qatar Sports Investment are reportedly interested in buying Catalan-based outfit Espanyol in a bid to 'hurt' FC Barcelona
  • Barcelona's rivalry with PSG was sparked when the Parisians triggered the release clause of Neymar back in 2017 - making him the most expensive footballer in the history of football
  • It appears the Qataris are hell-bent on punishing Barcelona hard with plans of purchasing Barcelona's domestic rivals from the same city, Espanyol

Paris Saint-Germain's ongoing impasse with FC Barcelona is set to witness a different turn of events, with the French club's desire to 'hurt' the Catalan giants hot on the agenda.

PSG owner Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has ordered the club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi to negotiate the purchase of Catalan outfit Espanyol, according to Foot en Espagne via Tribuna.

According to the report, if the purchase is successful, the Qataris will focus on making Espanyol one of the best, if not the sole best, clubs in La Liga.

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Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Juan Laporta, Barcelona, PSG, Espanyol
PSG owners want to create a team that will leave Barçelona in the 'shadow of Catalonia' if they purchase rival club, Espanyol. Photo credit: @BarcaUniversal @FCBarcelona
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RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona are both located in the Barcelona metropolitan area of Spain. However, there is a strong rivalry between the cross-town clubs which dates back to the 20th century.

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Reasoning from this, the PSG owners, who have raised questions about Barcelona's summer transfers, want to take their rivalry with Barca to the next level by punching them where it will hurt the most.

Since the Qataris took over the reins at PSG, they have transformed the Parisians into a powerhouse in modern-day European football - dominating the French top flight in the last decade with the Champions League the only missing piece to complete their puzzle.

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Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Paris Saint-Germain are not happy with Barcelona and are looking to exact some punishment on the Spanish side.

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The relationship between the two European giants is fraught with tension, and only appears to be getting worse.

Neymar's move from Camp Nou to France didn't help matters, and Messi leaving the Blaugrana for PSG not long after certainly made things worse.

Source: Sports Brief News