Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain can forget about signing Neymar.
The Brazilian star has long been linked with a move to either club, rumours sparked from his off-the-field issues and Barcelona’s financial constraints.
But the pursuit of Neymar is over. According to reports in Spain, the 24-year-old has agreed a new deal at the Camp Nou.
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Sport claim Neymar will sign a contract extension that will keep him at the club for the next five years. The new deal includes an optional year that, if activated, will tie him to the Spanish giants until the 2022 World Cup.
The newspaper fails to mention Neymar’s weekly wage but rest assured it will be a significant increase on his current £77,000-per-week deal.
He is set to become Barcelona’s second-highest earner behind Lionel Messi, who earns around £300,000-per-week.
It’s hardly surprising that Neymar is willing to commit his future to Barca. Since arriving in Catalonia, he’s won two Spanish titles and the Champions League. Given the system in place, Blaugrana are ready to contend for both trophies for the remainder of Neymar’s career.
Eye-watering buy-out clause
But to completely ward off interest in the Brazil captain, Barcelona have installed a remarkable €230 million buy-out clause in Neymar’s new contract.
It seems his agent’s attempts at rushing a deal have worked.
Last month, Wagner Ribeiro admitted his client would be willing to speak with PSG in a masterful display of negotiating.
“If PSG show an interest in Neymar, we can discuss it,” Ribeiro told L’Equipe, per The Guardian. “The prospect of living in a city like Paris and to play for a club like PSG – that’s also a dream for every player.”
PSG's hunt for Zlatan's replacement
Neymar’s current release clause is €193m and it was believed that PSG, backed by incredibly wealthy investors from Qatar, were willing to pay it.
Now, they must look elsewhere as they search for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s replacement.
The Swede will leave the French champions when his contract expires on June 30, with Manchester United his likely destination. According to Sky Sports, the 34-year-old will have a medical upon his return from Euro 2016.
And Laurent Blanc could follow Ibrahimovic out of the door. After failing to get beyond the quarter-final stage of the Champions League for the third-straight season, rumours are circulating that Unai Emery will replace Blanc after paying £1.6m to terminate his contract at Sevilla, which had one season left to run.
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