Would Barcelona be tempted to sell Neymar this summer?
It might sound ridiculous, but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility given the sticky financial situation Barcelona currently find themselves in.
Guillem Balague, Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert who also writes for AS, revealed in February that, as things stand, Barcelona can’t afford to renew the contracts of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
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“They are looking for money to come in,” Balague explained. “If they find the right sponsor, or become friends again with Qatar, they will not be short of funds. They don’t want to sell any player, but the one who has to renew his contract in the summer is Neymar.
“Barca say he will renew, his father says Barca are favourites, so we have to believe them. But can they afford the renewal of Messi, Suarez and Neymar? At this point no, unless they find more funds.”
Neymar earns a relatively low amount
According to a leaked document - per the Daily Mail - Neymar currently earns a surprisingly low amount at the Camp Nou: just £77,000-a-week, which is a long way behind the money earned by his fellow ‘MSN’ members, Suarez and Messi.
Neymar was magnificent during the first half of the campaign, but his form has dipped in recent weeks.
Nevertheless, there’s no denying his world-class talent. This is a player who should, all going to plan, seriously compete for the Ballon d’Or award over the forthcoming years.
Ronaldo: Neymar will stay at Barcelona
And Ronaldo, the retired Brazilian legend, is confident that his compatriot will stay put at Barcelona.
"He will stay at Barca," Ronaldo told Canal+, per Goal. "I don't think that Neymar will leave. He is well suited to the city and the team. I don't believe in the realization of this transfer."
Neymar wants to stay at Camp Nou
Manchester United are just one of the top European clubs who would love to sign Neymar, but the player has reportedly instructed his father not to talk to any other team about his future.
This was reported by Catalan newspaper Sport towards the end of last month and it’s hard to imagine Barcelona sanctioning the sale of a world-class player who is determined to stay put at the Camp Nou.
Neymar is a popular member of the Barcelona squad and gets on with Messi and Suarez both on and off the pitch - the three have a fabulous working relationship and this has benefited Barcelona during matches over the past two seasons.
But money does remain an issue for the reigning European champions - and until that particular situation is resolved, Neymar’s future will remain somewhat uncertain.
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