According to Catalan media reports, Brazilian Neymar has delayed negotiations to renew his contract with Paris Saint-Germain due to developments regarding the fate of his friend and former Barcelona colleague, Lionel Messi.
The newspaper “ARA” reported in a report that Neymar had stopped negotiations to extend his contract with the Parisian club, because he was no longer sure that Messi intends to leave Barcelona by the end of his contract next June, in order to neighboring him inside the French club.
She pointed out that Neymar a few months ago, he felt that “Leo” would be outside “Barca”, but indications are currently moving towards the Argentine star’s extension of his association with the Catalan giants.
And the newspaper continued: “For this reason, Neymar knocked on the doors of Barcelona again through some of his surroundings, and the Brazilian player transferred to the new management of Barca club, that he is ready to return to the club and reduce his salary, to adapt to the new economic situation.”
She explained that the Barcelona administration has received Neymar’s intentions in a positive way, but the priority remains to reduce salaries and seek to sell some players and contract with a world-class spearhead.
The newspaper pointed out that “Barca” officials are currently assessing the advantages that a contract with Neymar will provide this summer, if he does not renew his contract with Saint-Germain, because the president of the French club, Qatari Nasser Al-Khelaifi, will not be with the same negotiating power this time, just as he obstructed a return deal. The Brazilian star to the Catalan team in the summer of 2019.
Neymar’s contract with Saint-Germain expires in the summer of 2022, and the French team is trying to renew his contract so that he does not leave for free, and in the event that he fails to do so, he will accept to sell him next summer, and may ease his large financial demands that thwarted the previous Barcelona administration’s desire to restore him (in 2019).