In recent months, Neymar’s desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has reached its peak. The Brazilian superstar expressed his intention to leave the French capital in August, according to reports from L’Équipe. However, his father denied these claims in a Brazilian media outlet. This conflicting information contradicts Neymar’s long-standing desire to depart from PSG.
The saga began in June, when ultras gathered outside Neymar’s residence, demanding his exit from the club in a rather aggressive manner. Subsequently, the player made the decision to leave PSG. Nevertheless, the club was unwilling to make any financial concessions for their second-highest earner and a player contracted until 2027. Qatar, the club’s owner, made it clear that they would not sell Neymar for anything less than 150 million euros, but they were open to the idea of a loan deal to alleviate his significant salary burden.
Sources in Doha expressed surprise at the recent reports from L’Équipe, as the situation had seemingly calmed down in recent weeks. Neymar appeared more comfortable under the guidance of manager Luis Enrique, fitting into the team’s system and regaining his form during pre-season. In a recent match against Jeonbuk from Korea, Neymar started, scored two goals, assisted another for Marco Asensio, and seemed content on the field.
PSG is willing to accept a loan deal with an obligatory purchase clause for Neymar next year, as they have already informed the player. The club’s financial situation for this season is not threatened by Financial Fair Play regulations, but with the new rules taking effect subsequently, PSG will require liquidity. Consequently, Neymar represents one of their most valuable assets, capable of generating a significant financial return. Although Major League Soccer (MLS) has shown interest in acquiring Neymar’s services, their financial capabilities are far from matching PSG’s demands. Therefore, a loan deal seems to be the only viable option at present.
A month ago, Chelsea expressed interest in signing Neymar, provided that the operation was feasible and PSG showed signs of willingness to sell. In France, the prevailing tendency suggests Neymar’s continuity in Paris, despite his desires to depart during the summer transfer window. The Brazilian is set to feature against Lorient, but it cannot be ruled out that he might leave before the French transfer window closes on September 3.
Neymar Tempted by Saudi Arabia
In recent developments, Saudi Arabia has emerged as a potential destination for Neymar. The 31-year-old Brazilian has been contemplating a departure from PSG for several months now. According to L’Équipe, Al Hilal, the club that attempted to sign Lionel Messi and later Kylian Mbappé, is willing to offer Neymar an irresistible annual salary of 80 million euros after tax. This staggering financial offer has even made Neymar reconsider his future in European football.
While Neymar’s priority remains playing in European football, with an eye towards the 2026 World Cup, an offer of such magnitude deserves thoughtful consideration. As reported by AS, PSG is willing to accept a loan deal with an obligation to purchase in 2024, potentially amounting to 150 million euros, which would address the club’s concerns regarding Financial Fair Play regulations. The month of August promises to be eventful at PSG’s headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt.