PSG have told one of the superstars, Neymar Jr. that he can leave the club this summer.
According to RMC Sport, the club’s biggest boy, Kylian Mbappe wants a new structure in the squad.
And Neymar’s father has been told by the Ligue 1 champions that they will work to find a loan deal or a permanent transfer for the Brazil international who still has over 3 years left in his contract.
The French champions are said to have decided to build their squad for the present and the future at the same time and Neymar is not part of the arrangement.
Neymar’s commitment and winning mentality have often been questioned, and with the club set to go in a fresh direction, his spell in Paris may be coming to an end.
The big question is, where could the 30-year-old Brazil international go next? We take a look at the main contenders.
PSG signed Neymar for £197million from Barcelona back in 2017. With that in mind, don’t expect the Parisians to part with the forward unless there are serious numbers on the table.
One club that could afford a big transfer fee and a substantial wage packet are Chelsea.
With Todd Boehly taking over as owner, the American will be looking to make a big statement in his first transfer window. Chelsea are desperate for a signing, and sealing the signature of Neymar would certainly send a statement of intent to the rest of the Premier League.
What’s more, the Brazilian has a good relationship with Thomas Tuchel following their time together in Paris between 2018 and 2020.
Neymar returning to Barcelona would undoubtedly make for a fairy-tale story, but the financial obstacles could prove insurmountable for the Catalan giants.
The Brazil international currently pockets £3.4million a month – a figure presumably out of reach for a club still over £1billion in debt.
What’s more, the La Liga side have already prioritised a number of transfer targets, including Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
Speaking of money, there’s no shortage of it in the north-east following a Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle United.
Eddie Howe’s side are yet to make a landmark signing, though they did make a number of additions last season.
Since the ownership takeover, the belief is that it will take a few years for Newcastle to enter the top four, or even the top six. The signing of Neymar would certainly bring those ambitions more sharply into focus.
There are no morals in football. Business, after all, is just business.
With that in mind, the fact that Neymar played 123 games for La Blaugrana would not be an obstacle behind a potential transfer to the Spanish capital.
However, Los Blancos have shown little interest in the player, and considering their latest debacle with PSG over Kylian Mbappe, the last club Florentino Perez will want to do business with is the Parisians.
Manchester City have already done big business this year, following the signing of striker Erling Haaland. Could there be an appetite in the blue half of Manchester for another big arrival? Not necessarily.
Throughout his time in management, Pep Guardiola has developed a reputation for a particular type of player.
Big personalities don’t tend to mix well with the Spaniard, and it wasn’t a surprise when the City boss passed up on the opportunity of signing Cristiano Ronaldo last season.
You don’t get many bigger personalities in football than Neymar, which would suggest a deal is unlikely.