After much scrutiny, Neymar’s future might well be decided.
Barcelona are set to fend off Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain’s interest in the Brazilian by offering him a new contract with a buyout clause totalling a whopping £174 million.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague reported last week that Neymar had to keep his options due to Barcelona’s financial unsettlement, but clearly those fears have been erased.
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The Spanish club, who could become champions this weekend, are yet to announce a sponsorship deal for next season. Barcelona must also consider the financial outlay of their Camp Nou stadium renovation.
But, of course, what’s the use in having a fancy stadium if there are no shiny players to play inside?
According to Mundo Deportivo, per the Daily Mail, Barcelona are desperate to keep their attacking trio of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez together.
And who can blame them. ‘MSN’ have combined to score 249 goals since Suarez’s arrival in 2014 and Luis Enrique’s side are on the brink of a league and cup double.
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Keeping Neymar in town is vital to their future plans. At 24, he will take up the mantle as Barca’s leading star when Messi moves on.
The club is optimistic that the Brazil captain will sign the new deal, referred to as a “top secret” offer by Mundo Deportivo, with confirmation expected in the summer.
It will rule out any hope Madrid or PSG had of snatching Neymar, while Manchester United have today been linked with the player by L’Equipe but even the most ardent United fans will dismiss that claim.
Barca's financial mess
Neymar’s future has been heavily debated in recent months, with many claiming the effects of his tax issues could force him to leave.
And Balague reported that he “has to leave his options open” last week.
In a Q&A with Sky Sports, Balague explained: “Neymar and Barcelona have negotiated a renewal of his contract. But it has not been announced and has not been signed.
“Neymar would prefer to stay but he has to leave his options open because Barcelona have not got the finances to keep all the big names in the squad unless they bring a lot of revenue in, which of course, is still possible.”
Up there with Messi and Suarez
The Catalan giants are currently paying Neymar £77,000-per-week in wages, but that comes heavily-incentivised.
A new deal will likely put him in the category of Barca’s highest earners alongside Messi and Suarez.
The Argentine apparently earns roughly £250,000-a-week after tax, while Suarez’s weekly wage is said to be upwards of £200,000.
Neymar, who has scored 30 this season, is in for a well-earned payday.