Sporting director Leonardo has confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain are “more advanced than before” in talks over Neymar’s future.
Head coach Thomas Tuchel has already ruled out Neymar for PSG’s Ligue 1 opener against Nimes on Sunday. It comes amid growing speculation that the forward is finally on his way out of France.
The Brazilian and his representatives have been pushing hard for a summer exit in hope of a possible Barcelona return. However, the club’s manager Ernesto Valverde conceded this week that he’s got no idea what will happen.
Although Real Madrid have, by no means, given up on signing Neymar for themselves. It’s no secret that Florentino Perez has longed to sign the player for years, and would jump at the chance this summer.
In fact, Sport recently announced that Perez is prepared to offer Neymar €40m per season in a five-year contract.
And now Leonardo has implied that the 27-year-old’s future is finally on the verge of being resolved once and for all.
“Talks are more advanced than before, but no agreement,” said the PSG director, via Yahoo.
“We will see what happens – everybody needs the future to be defined.”
In his pre-match conference, Tuchel confirmed that Neymar won’t be playing in PSG’s season opener on Sunday.
“Neymar did not finish [Saturday’s] training. It is not possible that he plays tomorrow,” said the German.
“It is my job to be coach. He is in an individual training phase, in and out of collective sessions. He is still a little injured. He took a knock today and did not do a full week.”
Neymar, of course, hasn’t played a single minute of football during pre-season this summer. Instead, he’s been doing individual work designed to help him recover his fitness following the ankle injury he sustained during Brazil’s 2-0 friendly win over Qatar in June.