Barcelona forward Neymar is reportedly the subject of interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, with rumours suggesting the Brazilian international could leave in the summer. Neymar hasn’t been at his glittering best this season, scoring just nine goals in 26 Spanish La Liga games, and reports have suggested a fallout with Lionel Messi over the 25-year-old’s attitude on the pitch.
Barcelona look set to miss out on the La Liga title to rivals Real Madrid this season, but the nature of their failure is likely to result in large-scale changes to the squad in the summer. Despite under-performing by his standards, Neymar is still regarded as a top asset for the club given the years of service he has left, as well as the form he’s shown in his better seasons at the Nou Camp.
He wouldn’t come cheap to a suitor either, having cost Barcelona around €80M when his stock was considerably lower, Neymar isn’t likely to move for anything under €100M. His wages would also be among the highest in world football so only a few sides in Europe will be capable of sustaining such a financial commitment. And Neymar won’t join a side who aren’t competing for major honours at the top level either with further limits the potential suitors.
Perennial French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are one side who could afford Neymar. They have been spending frivolously in their pursuit to win the Champions League and have some world-class talent with the likes of Thiago Silva, Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani, to name but a few. Manchester City are also targeting the best of the best this summer to ensure they are challenging on all fronts next season.
It’s hard to see Neymar leaving Barcelona at his current age given the talent he has already displayed at the club. There isn’t a ready-made replacement available in the transfer market that would warrant his sale. But it doesn’t mean PSG and Man City won’t enquire about his availability.