Neymar’s desire to leave PSG angers president
Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has told his Qatari-owned club he wishes to leave this summer according to L’Equipe, in a development that facilitates a potential move to FC Barcelona and has reportedly angered president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
Family meeting concludes Neymar must leave France
The French daily newspaper reports that Neymar got together with his family and agent Pini Zahavi after returning from PSG’s pre-season tour of Asia.
Interest from FC Barcelona
On the evening that ex-teammate Lionel Messi informed the Catalan media his next stop would be Inter Miami and neither Camp Nou nor Al-Hilal as his PSG contract ran down, SPORT reported that Neymar had been offered to president Joan Laporta.
Time and again, however, it has been explained that Barca head coach Xavi Hernandez has no interest in fitting Neymar into his sporting project.
“Look I appreciate Neymar as a person, as a player, as a friend, he’s a great player, but he’s not in our plans no,” the manager told Gerard Romero in June.
Possible transfer options and financial hurdles
In the Ibiza meeting, it was concluded that Neymar must leave France with rough treatment from PSG’s ultras, who have protested in front of his house in Paris and have routinely booed him, cited as a motive for fleeing the Parc des Princes.
Qatari Sheikh Mabkhout Al-Marri also guaranteed that Neymar will don Blaugrana again, with a loan the most likely way of making this happen.
While PSG might be willing to get rid of the 31-year-old, who will pay his wages or how much of them is a major sticking point.
Barca will have some cash freed up by selling Ousmane Dembele to PSG and Frank Kessie to Al-Ahli, but they would consequentially have to pull out of pursuits for Bernardo Silva and Joao Felix.
Furthermore, registering new players such as Ilkay Gundogan and the fresh contracts of existing stars including Ronald Araujo must come first with the La Liga season starting next weekend.
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