With Paris Saint-Germain needing to restructure their team and save money with a potential exit on the horizon, the future of the Brazilian superstar, Neymar, has been cast into doubt.
Paris Saint-Germain needs to make some budget cuts this summer, and Neymar’s sale would substantially reduce financial pressures there after Kylian Mbappe’s recent contract renewal.
With new comments regarding Neymar’s future, Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi has cast doubt on his future with the French champions.
When asked about the future of the Brazilian superstar, whose stock has dropped recently but who joined PSG for a record-breaking £198 million transfer fee from Barcelona in the summer of 2017, the PSG president was evasive.
Neymar decided to sign a three-year deal with the Ligue 1 champions last month, which would keep him in Paris till 2025.
With reports that he had given the Spanish giants his word that he would join them this year, that arrangement insured he would not be joining them on a free transfer this summer, as many had anticipated.
There were rumors that Mbappe would have significant influence over club decisions as part of his astounding new contract.
This would entail providing the striker’s input on decisions on managers and sporting directors as well as which players should be signed.
Since Lionel Messi’s high-profile summer transfer from Barcelona last summer significantly diminished the prominence of Neymar, he is now one of the players that could be dispensed in the team.
The Brazilian has played in just 92 Ligue 1 games over the course of five seasons, and his career may be in jeopardy as PSG looks to offset the expense of Mbappe’s and Messi’s respective salaries.
The player’s agent responded this week to a question regarding the player’s potential in Paris: “Does Neymar participate in the new project?”
“Since new players will join and depart the club, we are unable to discuss this in public. These discussions are confidential.”
Vinicius Junior, a great player for Real Madrid, was reportedly offered an eye-watering contract by PSG this week.
Under the terms of the deal, he would receive an annual salary of nearly £34 million at the Parc des Princes, which is more than four times his present pay in the Spanish capital.
Despite Vinicius’ rejection of that and his decision to remain at Los Blancos, the strategy does not imply that Neymar is the subject of any long-term planning.
Neymar’s current deal has three years left to run, but since he signed a contract extension last year, he does have the option to stay at the club and compete for a spot.
His options are limited at the moment because his former club Barcelona, with which he has frequently been linked in the intervening years, is still financially struggling and appears to be less interested in re-signing the Brazilian.
The Premier League would continue to be a market accessible to the highest paid athletes in the world.
Perhaps Newcastle United could make him the signature acquisition of their newly discovered fortune from their Saudi Arabian-backed ownership.
Chelsea is another club which could also be a possibility. Thomas Tuchel’s team is looking for flexible strikers and has made room for Romelu Lukaku to return to Inter on loan.
Another club associated with a move for Neymar is Juventus of Italy, but that is complicated by their aspirations to sign free agents Paul Pogba and Angel di Maria this summer.
Which would cut into their wage budget, as well as their January purchase of Dusan Vlahovic.
Although Neymar’s future is something to watch, the player currently has no glaring transfer choices.