Barcelona set to offer Neymar a new contract, says club's sporting director

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Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are arguably the best-attacking trident football has ever seen.

The trio have been together for two seasons at Barcelona scoring a quite ridiculous combined total of 253 goals.

These goals have helped the Catalan club win consecutive La Liga titles, consecutive Copa del Rey titles and the 2014 Champions League.


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Therefore, it’s hardly surprising that other European giants are keen to break up the formidable strike force.

But which of the three can they sign?

Messi has been at the Camp Nou his entire career and has often stated that the only place he will be playing football other than Barcelona is back in his native Argentina.

Suarez only arrived at the club in 2014 from Liverpool and appears very settled, having notched an incredible 59 goals last campaign.

Interest in Neymar

So the attentions have turned towards Neymar.

The Brazilian signed for Barcelona in 2013 and is considered the ‘lesser’ of the three players - especially after last season.

The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain in recent months with him being seen as an ideal replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose contract expires this summer.

Those reports grew stronger in April when his agent, Wagner Ribeiro, admitted that it was a ‘dream’ of Neymar’s to play for PSG.

PSG 'dream'

“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,” the agent told L’Equipe.

But PSG aren’t the only club linked with Neymar.

Offer to Madrid?

On Thursday, Spanish radio station COPE claimed that the forward had been offered to Real Madrid for an incredible £148 million to help any financial difficulties.

But these reports can finally be put to bed. That’s because Barcelona’s sporting director Robert Fernandez has spoken out about Neymar’s future - and it’s pretty conclusive.

Neymar's future

Fernandez insists that the superstar will be at Barcelona for ‘a long time’ and is on the verge of signing a new contract with his deal set to expire in 2018.

"He will stay. He will be here for a long time. The club will make it public when the extension is to be made,” he told reporters, per BBC Sport.

But Neymar isn’t the only player that has been reported to be leaving Catalonia.

Mascherano's future

Javier Mascherano has been linked with a move to Juventus and Fernandez has also revealed that the Argentine will be staying.

"We will reach an agreement," said Fernandez.

"He is a vital player for us and I don't have any doubts about whether he will stay."

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