NEYMAR has fuelled speculation of a PSG exit as he “tells pals he wants Barcelona transfer and thinks he can return in summer” after winning the Champions League, according to reports.
Barca have made it no secret that they are keen to see their former star return, particularly with his value plummeting in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
The Brazilian left the Nou Camp in a world record £198million move in 2017 but according to Mundo Deportivo, Neymar has told pals that he is ready to jump ship and rejoin Barca this summer.
The 28-year-old was desperate to get back to the Nou Camp last summer but the move did not materialise, despite the Catalans offering over £100m in cash plus Ivan Rakitic, Jean-Clair Todibo and Ousmane Dembele.
Neymar has just two years left on his PSG contract having let his deal run down in a plot to leave the club but boss Thomas Tuchel is keen to keep the Brazil ace at the club as he goes in search of Champions League glory.
The Mundo Deportivo report claims that Barca and Neymar’s still hold a strong desire to forge a reunion in the coming transfer window.
The marksman is now said to be openly discussing a switch back to La Liga with his team-mates, telling them that he believes a deal is on the cards this summer.
Neymar has confided with his closest friends in the PSG dressing room, including Kylian Mbappe, during the coronavirus shutdown.
Les Parisiens have reportedly offered the ex-Barca man a new deal worth £33m-a-year to stay – which does not include the £12m-a-year he bags as the face of the National Bank of Qatar.
Barcelona are only willing to pay him around £19m-a-season – similar to what he was earning before he left in August 2017.
It seems it is for Neymar to choose between the £45m-a-year on the table in France or £19m-a-year and a great deal more happiness at the Nou Camp.
PSG have already been crowned Ligue 1 champions after the season was axed due to the coronavirus crisis but the Brazilian is hungry to to win the Champions League before setting off for sunny Spain.
Tuchel’s side are through to the quarter-finals of the competition after coming from behind to beat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on aggregate in the last-16.
By: Isabelle Barker
Title: Neymar ‘tells PSG pals he wants Barcelona transfer and thinks he can return in summer’ after winning Champions League
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/11812165/neymar-psg-pals-barcelona-transfer/
Published Date: Mon, 08 Jun 2020 15:46:46 +0000