The football world has been consumed wth continuous reported rumours of Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona this week, a move that would easily break the world transfer record.
The Brazilian’s buyout clause is €222 million and Spanish outlet Marca claim that PSG will have to recoup around €110 million in player sales to avoid FIFA Fair Play sanctions should they secure Neymar’s signature.
Nobody could have predicted this move last season. After all, why would Neymar want to break up the historic and prolific MSN partnership at the Nou Camp with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez?
While the narrative on Neymar’s intentions have changed every day – depending on who you listen to and which Barcelona star is speaking – it’s looking increasingly likely that the Brazilian star will make the switch to Paris.
One man who made the opposite switch was his legendary compatriot, Ronaldinho.
After moving to PSG from Brazilian club Gremio, Ronaldinho would secure a €30 million move to Barcelona and went on to cement himself as one of the best players in the world.
Speaking from experience, R10 had some valuable advice for Neymar.
“I can only tell him to follow his heart and be happy, to do things that his heart tells him,” Ronaldinho told a media conference.
Unsurprisingly, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu doesn’t see it as black and white as that. However, he also made it clear that the final decision will lay with Neymar himself.
‘They have to pay the clause, down to the last peseta,” Bartomeu told ESPN.
“We want Neymar to stay but the clauses are there. If he wants to go, they can pay it and he goes.
“You know that players decide if they want to leave, they can decide. But as far as Barcelona, we want him, and we need him. Because if we want to win, we need the best players possible.”
Will he end up going? It seems as though the speculation would have been dismissed by now if he was going to stay and PSG’s pursuit of Alexis Sanchez would have gotten a lot stronger by now.
It seems a matter of when, not if.