PSG’s €200 million star Neymar Jnr could leave the club as early January for Barcelona, though more likely at the end of the season if PSG play him in Champions League matches before the Winter transfer opens.
Speaking at the Edinburgh Sports Conference, Neymar’s father, who runs the NR agency that controls Neymar’s image rights and acts as his agent, said “the negotiation between the clubs are not finished.”
Giving a presentation to predominantly sports lawyers on how he had managed Neymar’s career from being spotted as a preciously talented 6 year old by Brazilian club Santos, Neymar Snr said: “A Brazilian only wants to be where he is happy and he was very happy. When his friends (Barcelona players) asked him if he will go back (to Barcelona) this affected him.”
The problem with the transfer back to Barcelona, continued Neymar Snr, was that there was no contractual mechanism to trigger his contractual release.
Even so, Neymar could still be back in Barcelona by Christmas, according to his advisors. A deciding factor could be how much football he plays for PSG before then and if he appears in the Champions League for PSG – effectively ruling him out of participation in that competition in the later rounds if Barca did secure a deal.
The deal apparently stalled around a suspicion that Barca didn’t have the cash to meet PSG’s €215 million asking price. Barca’s only written offer was €115 million in cash, €15 million in bonuses and three players – defender Jean-Clair Todibo, midfielder Ivan Rakitic, and forward Ousmane Dembele on loan. Dembele refused to go out on loan.
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