Neymar Junior’s future at Paris Saint-Germain is looking more and more unclear. The French champions are keen to sell the Brazilian forward, as they look to embark on a new era under former Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique.
Neymar is not expected to be part of Enrique’s immediate plans for the new Ligue 1 season, which gets underway this weekend. A return to Barcelona has been rumoured in recent days, although Xavi Hernandez is not keen on being reunited with his former teammate.
A move to Saudi Arabia or the MLS could also materialise, and despite reports that PSG have set an asking price of €150m, they could also look to terminate his contract if there is a lack of interest in the 31-year-old, as per UOL Esporte (via Sport).
Even if Neymar is released by PSG, a return to Barcelona is improbable. His wages would be a major concern, and Xavi is also worried about his possible effect in the dressing room, which is in a very good place at this stage.
The Catalan press is on fire: while Neymar and PSG are currently working on a departure from the Brazilian crack, the latter would be in contact with Barça for a hell of a comeback.
What if, in the absence of Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona finally found Neymar? After taking part in the PSG tour of Japan and South Korea (unlike Kylian Mbappé), the Brazilian star, 31, was received by Luis Campos and Luis Enrique who explained to him that he was not one of the club plans. Visibly ill, he should not take part in the first meeting of the Rouge et Bleu on Saturday (9 p.m.) against Lorient at the Parc des Princes.
Announced in the viewfinder of clubs in Saudi Arabia and the United States, the “Ney” is suddenly close to a return to the Blaugranas. According Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan management hopes for a potential arrival on loan with the payment of part of the salary from Paris. According to The Porteriathe Brazilian number 10 would agree to drastically reduce his salary to be paid 12 million euros per year in order to evolve under the orders of Xavi.
Neymar terminated by PSG?
How could Barça, in great financial difficulty, hire one of the highest paid players in the world? It’s not complicated, President Joan Laporta has again found financial “leverage” (like last year), since he has just completed the sale of 16% of the shares of Barça Studios to an investment fund. German against… 60 million euros! Not to mention that the sale of Ousmane Dembélé to PSG will bring in 25 million.
In any case, Neymar can perhaps force PSG to “offer” him to Barça. Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano thus assures that the player and the club owned by Qatar are working on a separation. A contract termination, with financial compensation given to Neymar, who receives more than 30 million euros per year, cannot be ruled out. Barça can then jump at the chance to strengthen themselves in the offensive sector.