Neymar is no longer wanted by Paris Saint-Germain, according to one report, following the side’s latest humiliation in the Champions League.
Neymar’s £198 million move from Barcelona to PSG certainly caused a huge shock in football, back in 2017, absolutely obliterating the previous record for a transfer fee, by over £100 million.
It showed that the Qatar owned club really meant business when it came to wanting to win the Champions League and catapult themselves into Europe’s elite tier of clubs.
However, it’s not really worked out quite as well as anyone would have wanted and Wednesday night saw their latest attempt to get knocked out of the competition, managing to throw away a two goal lead despite only half an hour of the second leg remaining.
Whilst Mauricio Pochettino is likely to lose his job over the failure, either soon or at the end of the season, it seems that the owners also want to change the playing squad.
According to journalist Romain Molina, via Get French Football News, the owners ‘want rid’ of Neymar, which is far more damning than just wanting to sell.
It suggests a complete overhaul of their thinking, considering he was previously thought of as the man, along with Kylian Mbappe, to bring European success to the club.
The timing of the news is particularly interesting with Mbappe expected to join Real Madrid at the end of the season, with his contract expiring.
Reports have claimed the Ligue 1 leaders have offered the World Cup winning forward a huge amount to stay but he is yet to sign a new deal.
Getting rid of Neymar at the same time would surely result in a huge overhaul of the team, especially with Pochettino expected to leave.
It is highly unlikely that the Parisians could get their money back for the former Santos star, seeing as they’re the only team who could afford such a fee, especially in a post Covid world.
The forward signed a new deal at the Parc des Princes last year, keeping him there till 2025, which is reportedly worth £554,000-per-week, which would be another sticking point in moving him on.
He has had numerous medium term injuries whilst playing in the French capital, and has often missed key games in Europe during that time.
The 30-year-old has still scored 91 goals in 135 appearances, a better rate than he did for Barcelona, but he hasn’t been able to turn PSG into European champions.
PSG have also since signed Mbappe, who followed that same summer incredibly, and this year they added his friend Lionel Messi, although things haven’t really gone well for the seven time Ballon d’Or winner either.
The team’s latest elimination from the Champions League came at the hands of Real, with club officials so annoyed at the awarding of the Spanish side’s first goal that the club president stormed the referees room.
Reports claimed that Gianluigi Donnarumma’s mistake in the build up to the goal caused an argument between the goalkeeper and Neymar, but the Brazilian denied it was the case.