Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly given Neymar two choices for his future this summer – either join Real Madrid or risk staying with them.
With just over two weeks until the European transfer window closes, things are beginning to get desperate for Neymar. While he remains as keen as ever to quit PSG, a dream return to Barcelona seems unlikely.
The Catalan club, in fact, are allegedly losing leverage in their attempts to re-sign the Brazil international. They sent officials over to Paris last week to begin talks, but couldn’t reach a suitable agreement.
To sum things up, Barcelona don’t have around €222m in the bank to splash out on Neymar. Although they haven’t given up and attempted to sway PSG into agreeing on a season-long loan deal with a buy option.
This idea is starting to become a trend in the transfer market, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich using it to arrange a deal for Philippe Coutinho. PSG, on the other hand, signed Kylian Mbappe on loan in 2017 from AS Monaco before paying €135m last year.
It turns out, though, the French champions won’t entertain the proposal. Therefore, Barcelona’s hopes have taken a major blow and opened the door for a possible Neymar-Real Madrid move.
Now Sport claims that Los Blancos president Florentino Perez is set to go all-out to sign the 27-year-old. Apparently, he’s taken out a massive loan to match PSG’s financial demands.
Evidently, the Parisians seem satisfied with Perez’s plans and have now told Neymar it’s either a move to the Santiago Bernabeu or he can forget about leaving altogether.
This new report comes just a day after manager Thomas Tuchel hinted that Neymar could stay at PSG this season.
“He is my player and when I think of a strong team, it includes him. If there is no solution for him, he will stay with us,” said the German during Saturday’s press conference.
“For now, nothing has changed. Neymar has three years left on his contract.”
Neymar will again be absent for PSG’s trip to Rennes for their second Ligue 1 match of the new season. Kick-off in France will begin at 21:00 (CET).