Barcelona Aim To Tie Down Striker To New Deal
Barcelona striker Neymar has ruled out a move to Manchester United this summer. The Brazil international has been linked with both United and Paris Saint-Germain. United lodged a bid last summer which would have seen the Red Devils pay his release fee of €190million – worth around £140million at the time but £147million today.
Last week, Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague pointed out that with two Catalan newspapers both criticising Neymar following Barcelona’s recent dip in form up to their elimination from the Champions League by Atletico Madrid a move could be on the cards.
But the Barcelona-based newspaper Sport claims that Neymar has instructed his father, who handles all his financial affairs, not to listen to any offers this summer. The 23-year-old is due to have talks with Barcelona over a new deal.
It was revealed earlier this month that his basic pay is ‘only’ £77,000 a week though a complex series of bonuses and add-ons guarantees him a minimum wage of £160,000 a week.
Sport claims that Neymar is now in no hurry to agree a new deal although talks are likely to come to fruition in July. A new contract will be agreed that will tie the striker down at the Nou Camp until 2021.
Neymar has scored 29 goals in 44 goals in all competitions so far this season at an average of a goal every 136 minutes. In La Liga he has scored 23 goals in 31 games at an average of one for every 121 minutes.
Manchester United and PSG may have to wait another few years before the next chance to sign Neymar.