Neymar 'prioritises' new five-year PSG deal as he gives up on Barcelona return

Neymar is reportedly prioritising signing a new five-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain after giving up hopes of a return to Barcelona.

The Brazilian forward tried to push through a move back to the Nou Camp last year but failed to seal a switch.

Barca were interested in re-signing the 28-year-old but those plans have since been scuppered by the economical impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Reports in Spain have suggested the La Liga giants are in a perilous financial situation and must now cut their wage bill by £170million to avoid bankruptcy.

That sabotages any chance of them bankrolling a mega-money bid for Neymar’s services, and it appears he is now content with remaining in Paris.

Neymar is in talks over a new long-term contract at PSG
Neymar is in talks over a new long-term contract at PSG

According to Foot Mercato , Neymar informed PSG officials he wanted to pen a new long-term deal when the club reached the Champions League quarter-finals last season.

PSG eventually progressed to the final before losing 1-0 to competition winners Bayern Munich, leaving Neymar in tears at the final whistle.

Neymar admitted shortly after the Champions League heartbreak that he would be staying at PSG for at least the 2020/21 season.

But he is said to be pushing for another contract of the same terms as his current deal, which would see him earn a whopping £32.4million a year for five years.

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The Brazilian wants to write his name in PSG's history books
The Brazilian wants to write his name in PSG’s history books

As it stands Neymar will be free to leave PSG for nothing in the summer of 2022, but PSG would also be in a compromising position should they allow him to get within 12 months of his contract expiring.

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PSG chiefs are now hopeful of tying Neymar down to a new deal as a matter of priority, with talks already underway, and were buoyed by his recent comments about cementing his legacy at the club.

“I’m staying at PSG next season! And with the ambition to return to the Champions League final, this time to win it,” he said.

“I like the idea of doing everything to leave my name in the history books of my club.”


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