The summer transfer window is unquestionably the most frustrating time to be a footy fan and the 2017 edition is no exception. Rumors have been piercing the internet like Lionel Messi through a backline but actual deals have been a rare occurrence.
French giant Paris Saint Germain has generated the latest round of gossip as it appears the club is in hot pursuit of Brazilian star Neymar.
The Barcelona forward has apparently requested a move out of Camp Nou but a 222-million euro release clause could keep him in the shadow of a certain Argentinian striker for the foreseeable future.
Conflicting reports, however, have muddied the waters and it’s difficult to take anything at face value from either side involved in the potential sale.
Does this story sound familiar? It feels like PSG has been connected with almost every high-profile player in Europe the last few weeks and I think we all remember the whole Ronaldo fiasco. CR7 was not happy with how he was being treated by the brass at Real but his flirtations with Manchester United and PSG were sweet nothings used by Cristiano to get what he wanted from his controlling club.
Neymar believes he’ll never win a Ballon d’Or while on the same side as Messi and although he’s probably right, it’s nowhere close to a guarantee that he’d claim the sport’s most prestigious individual award if he triggered a move away from Barcelona. What’s more likely – in my mind – is that Neymar wants a raise and that this is a thinly veiled negotiation tactic.
The 25-year-old is locked into a contract until the end of 2021 after inking a new deal less than a year ago but his tax troubles may have him in need of a little more cheddar.
Barcelona executives have come out as being vehemently against the deal saying that they’re 200 percent sure they’ll retain Neymar but if PSG actually ponies up the huge buyout fee, it’s hard to see Barca saying no to a payday worth over a quarter of a billion U.S. dollars.
Online shop [custom:bodog-link] has set odds for the potential transfer and if the book is right, this deal has a good chance of actually materializing.