Rumours over Barcelona striker’s world record-breaking move to Paris St-Germain persist – with suggestions that the £196 million transfer could be completed in the next week.
If the deal goes through it almost double the current record of £89 million, which Manchester United spent to buy Paul Pogba from Juventus last year, but it is by no means certain to happen.
For instance, stories over the past week have claimed that Neymar will stay at the Bernabeau – although the player himself has yet to speak out on the subject.
Today, The Times claim that the deal will go through but negotiations have been delayed until August by Neymar’s father – and adviser – who stands to get a £23.3 million bonus from Barcelona on July 31 for his part in getting Neymar to sign a new contract last year.
Meanwhile, other reports suggest Barcelona will report PSG to UEFA over a breach of Financial Fair Play regulations – remember them? – if they meet Neymar’s £196 million release clause.
Finally, if the transfer does happen then it could start a domino effect with other transfers, such as Philippe Coutinho moving from Liverpool to Barcelona and/or Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona.
However, it is all ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ – the only people who really know what is going on is Neymar, his father, and representatives of PSG and Barcelona. And none of them are saying anything. This one is going to run for some time to come.
Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez will hand in a formal transfer request this week as he seeks to force through a move to Manchester City.
Sanchez will make the move if Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger refuses his request to leave the Emirates, according to a report in the Sunday Mirror.
It is thought that Sanchez wants to link up with his former boss Pep Guardiola, who he worked with at Barcelona.
However, Wenger is understood to want to keep 28-year-old Sanchez, even if City bid £50 million for the player who has just one year left on his contract. “He’s [Sanchez] staying. Of course,” he said after Arsenal’s 5-2 win over Benfica in the Emirates Cup on Saturday.
However, City could face competition from Paris St-Germain for Sanchez. Other reports say the Ligue Un side are lining up a bid for the Chilean as well – even if they wrap up a world record £196 million deal for Neymar.
Barcelona striker Neymar will stay at the club and reject a potential world record £196 million transfer to Paris St-Germain after his teammates Lionel Messi and Luiz Suarez persuaded him not to leave.
Persistent speculation in the past couple of weeks have linked the Brazilian to PSG, and Neymar himself has remained quiet on the subject, all of which has led to suspicions that a deal could be imminent.
But it has emerged that Neymar is to stay at Barcelona – and his teammates are responsible for convincing him that the grass is not greener in Paris, according to reports from Spanish newspaper Sport.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are reported to have had a long chat with Neymar on Saturday night at the Sheraton in New Jersey, where Barcelona were staying on their pre-season tour of the US.
The three – who are all friends off the pitch – talked at length, with Messi and Suarez explaining how he couldn’t be at a better place than Barcelona.
Sport reports that their arguments were good enough to persuade Neymar to stay.
In addition, another teammate has taken to social media about Neymar. Defender Gerard Pique posted a picture of the two on Twitter, saying ‘Se queda’, which translates as ‘stays’.
Barcelona’s vice-president has dismissed speculation that striker Neymar could move to Paris St-Germain in a world-record move this summer.
Reports in Spanish daily Marca speculated that PSG were willing to activate the euro222 million (£196.7 million) release clause in Neymar’s contract, after it was said that the Brazilian wanted to be the star of a team. Of course, at Barcelona, he remains in the shadow of fellow striker Lionel Messi.
However, the Ligue Un side said it would only bid if Neymar himself indicates that he wants to move to France.
But Barca have moved quickly to quell the speculation. The club’s vice-president, Jordi Mestre, was asked in a news conference if he could confirm that Neymar would be at the Camp Nou come the start of the 2017-18 season and said “200 percent”.