Fans of the Premier League could have been in for a treat, as they could have seen Neymar Jr. play in England, or more specifically, in Manchester. Both Manchester United and Manchester City were offered opportunities to sign the Barcelona superstar, claims Marca.
Recent reports in Brazil have claimed that Neymar is unhappy at Camp Nou, and is considering his options for the future. It was also stated that a wide number of people in Neymar’s entourage believe that the winger has been under the shadow of Lionel Messi for far too long, which had left the winger frustrated.
Meanwhile, according to reports, both United and City were offered a chance to strike a deal for the talented frontman, as Neymar Sr. tried to instigate an auction for the Brazilian talisman. However, Neymar’s €222 million release clause proved to be too high for either Manchester clubs to reach.
On the other hand, French giants Paris Saint-Germain seem to be particularly interested in Neymar, and seem well capable of affording the Brazilian winger’s price tag.
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The 25-year-old is a wanted man among Europe’s elite, having scored 20 goals and provided 19 assists in all competitions during the previous campaign. The swift wide-man was one of the best players for the Catalan club going forward, and played a vital role in their 6-5 (aggregate) comeback against PSG.
Meanwhile, the Parisian outfit is attempting to bypass Financial Fair Play through some creative routes. The Ligue 1 giants want Neymar to enter a deal with Oryx Qatar Sports Investments – a company with close relationships with the club.
This would then enable him to buyout the release clause himself. This deal would not affect PSG, and would only involve Neymar, Barcelona, and the investment group, allowing the French side to pay the forward his demand of a massive contract.
Neymar is currently tied down to a contract with the La Liga giants till 2021, with a release clause worth €222m, and is expected to stay at the Nou Camp. Though PSG are seriously considering to sign the forward, a world record breaking transfer is seemingly unlikely to happen this summer.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.