Paris at all cost. In 2017, Neymar Jr did everything to leave FC Barcelona and step out of Lionel Messi’s shadow. For 222 million euros, the Brazilian became a Paris Saint-Germain player. His goal was to help the club turn a corner by winning the Champions League while winning Ballons d’Or. But more than five years after arriving in the French capital, Ney has achieved neither. So yes he participated in the conquest of several titles and was at times at the top of his game. But his repeated injuries as his pace of life have been talked about.
PSG still want to put him on the market
Last year, he still started dreaming again with the arrival of his friend Lionel Messi in Paris. But again, that did not satisfy, since the club fell by the wayside in the Champions League. This is how the leaders chose to set up a new project built around Kylian Mbappé, who also arrived in 2017. Close, the two men gradually moved away. The point of no return was reached this summer when PSG wanted to put Neymar on the market, obviously following requests from KM7, who felt that he was not invested enough.
Since then, there has been the penaltygate episode and a start to the season where the former Barça player has piled up goals and assists. Arrived in good shape at the World Cup, he was injured before returning. But the Seleção failed and Ney returned to Paris, where he started by being sent off against Strasbourg. At the heart of a new scandal in Brazil, since he did not attend the funeral of King Pelé, the PSG striker is now at the center of the transfer window news. In effect, Sport ensures this Wednesday that the residents of the Parc des Princes still want to separate from Neymar.
A departure in 2023?
Surprising information since the player has made a good start to the season (15 goals, 12 assists in 21 appearances in all competitions) and Christophe Galtier has often praised him. But the Catalan media explains that Paris still has the idea of putting it on the market as it activated an option last summer to extend its lease until 2027. The capital club, which wants to build its new project around Mbappé and Messi (which PSG wants to extend), wants to kick Neymar out. Especially since he will be 35 if he ever goes to the end of his lease.
Sport adds that PSG evaluates the price of the player, whose salary will also have to be paid in gold, at 100 million euros. The Parisian leaders believe that they can still recover cash with a player who will be 31 in February, and who is having a good season. It will be difficult to have more if they wait beyond this year 2023. But it will also be complicated to find clubs ready to embark on this operation. Especially since the Brazilian, courted last year by Newcastle and Chelsea, has no intention of changing air, he who wants to continue in Paris according to Sport. To be continued in the next episode.