Reports say that Paris Saint-Germain has given Barcelona the chance to re-sign Neymar for £43 million.
Five years ago, the former Barcelona winger moved to Paris for £198 million. Since then, he has scored 100 goals for the club in only 144 games.
But the Brazilian hasn’t won the coveted Champions League title in France yet, and after Kylian Mbappe’s meteoric rise and Lionel Messi’s arrival in 2021, he’s no longer the face of PSG.
Neymar has three more years left on his contract, but it sounds like the French giants want to get rid of the winger this summer. They are reportedly shopping him around to other teams who might be interested.
Sport, a newspaper in Spain, says that PSG has “repeatedly” given Barcelona the chance to re-sign Neymar for £43.1 million.
The 30-year-old is said to be ready to leave Paris this summer, but only if he can go back to his old team.
But Barcelona is in financial trouble and has a long list of players they want to sign, like Robert Lewandowski, Bernardo Silva, and Raphinha, so a deal for Neymar might not make sense in the short term.
Last week, the Catalan club was given permission to use some of their assets, like 49.9% of Barcelona Licensing and Merchandising, to pay off some of their debts.
Even though they could buy back their share at a later date, the sale as a whole would bring in about €200 million.
A second motion was also approved, which said that the club could sell 25% of its TV income over the next 25 years.
Barcelona is likely to spend some of this money on their top transfer target, Lewandowski. Last month, Lewandowski said that his career at Bayern Munich was “over” and that he wanted a new challenge.
The European giants have also been keeping an eye on Silva, a midfielder for Manchester City. According to the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Silva has told the champions that he wants to leave the Etihad.
Last season, Neymar helped PSG win the league title despite having an ankle injury from December to February. He scored 13 goals in 22 league games.
PSG would save a lot of money if they got rid of the Brazilian’s £596,000-a-week contract, especially since they just signed Mbappe to a huge new deal last month.