Neymar May Make £357m Move To Real Madrif

Neymar could be set to smash his own world-record transfer fee and make a sensational move to Real Madrid.

The former Barcelona star became the most expensive footballer in history when he moved to PSG for £198million in August.

But after less than six months in France, it appears the Brazilian is already eyeing his next big transfer, according to reports in Spain.

Marca’s front page yesterday claims the 25-year-old is the Galactico ‘most craved’ at the Spanish giants, but would cost an eye-watering £357m.

Neymar is believed to want the move, the Brazilian’s camp giving signals of his desire to play at the Bernabeu one day despite his Barcelona background.

The Spanish newspaper claims the Galactico policy is one they are keen to revive, having not made such a purchase since the acquisition of James Rodriguez in 2014.

With Real trailing Barcelona by 16 points in La Liga, club president Florentino Perez is keen to make a statement in the transfer market.

Marca claim that Madrid have also considered other options, including Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and Timo Werner, but have made Neymar the priority.

They are determined not to go behind the backs of PSG, and will not pursue a move without the prior knowledge of the Parisian club.

Neymar, Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo Shortlisted For FIFA’s Best Player

Neymar was named alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the three-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Player Award, which was announced in London on Friday.

Brazil superstar Neymar, 25, won the Copa del Rey with Barcelona last season before joining Paris Saint-Germain in a blockbuster €222 million move that smashed the world transfer record.

Ronaldo, 32, is the overwhelming favourite to win the award, having led Real Madrid to the La Liga title and a third Champions League success in four years last season.

He won last year’s award after winning the Champions League with Madrid and the European Championship with Portugal.

Ronaldo previously won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2008 and is a four-time winner of the Ballon d’Or.

Messi, 30, scored 54 goals last season as Barcelona won the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup.

 The Argentina great, a record five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, has made a superb start to the current campaign, scoring 12 goals in his first eight appearances in all competitions.

Ronaldo won the inaugural Best FIFA Men’s Player Award last year after a six-year merger between the FIFA honour and the Ballon d’Or.

The winner of the 2017 award will be announced during a ceremony at the London Palladium on October 23.

The voting for the award, equally weighted between national team captains, national team coaches, media and fans, closed earlier this month.

Source: Sport360

Neymar, Cavali Fight Over Who Takes Spot-Kick

Brazil’s media on Monday dubbed the spat between Paris Saint-Germain stars Neymar and Edinson Cavani over who should take a penalty kick during their victory against Lyon “a war of egos.”

Neymar news dived into the tussle in which the recently signed PSG superstar tried to take the ball from his Uruguayan teammate on Sunday. Cavani kept the ball but had his shot saved in what was ultimately a 2-0 win.

“Neymar and Cavani argue again,” in line with another penalty incident during PSG’s 6-2 win over Toulouse on August 20 – Neymar’s first home game with the French side after transferring from Barcelona.

“The result allowed Neymar’s team to remain leaders but what caught the attention was the poor understanding between the Brazilian and Cavali.

Ledio Carmona, a commentator, which broadcasts Ligue 1 games, said Neymar risks estranging himself from his new teammates if he keeps “playing selfishly.”

“I think this throws a bit of a shadow, it shows an overly individualistic side. In other situations like this happen the situation could degrade,”

“It’s clear these two players don’t get on,” the site said.

Source: AFP

PSG: Tension Grows Between Cavani, Neymar

Paris Saint-Germain season has been going well, till on Sunda, where there was a 2-0 win over Lyon also laid bare certain tensions in their all-star front line.

PSG was leading 1-0 at the Parc des Princes when they won a penalty with 10 minutes remaining for a foul on Kylian Mbappe, making his home debut.

Having already scored three times from the spot this season, Edinson Cavani assumed the responsibility would once again be his.

Neymar tried to get the ball from the Uruguayan but it was Cavani who eventually took it. And his effort was brilliantly saved, Anthony Lopes tipping the ball onto the bar.

“The penalties are taken by a couple of players, one is Cavani and the other is Neymar. There needs to be a gentleman’s agreement on the pitch to decide who takes the penalties,” coach Unai Emery admitted later.

“We will sort things out internally for the next time because I think they are both capable of taking them, and I want the two of them to mix up who takes them.”

Those comments and the fact Cavani was unsuccessful from the spot suggests Neymar will get his chance in future.

The Brazilian had previously tried and failed to grab the ball from Cavani when a penalty was awarded in the 3-0 win over Saint-Etienne last month. Cavani scored that time.

Earlier in Sunday’s game, the duo disagreed over who should take a free-kick with the match still goalless. Dani Alves intervened to give his compatriot the ball on that occasion, and Neymar’s strike was saved.

“They are two great players. They want to score goals. There are no problems between them, everything is fine,” insisted PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe.

Most coaches would envy the embarrassment of riches at Emery’s disposal.

The ‘MCN’ front line of Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar has cost the capital club 466 million euros ($557 million, £411 million) but now the coach has to somehow keep them all happy.

Cavani scored a remarkable 49 goals in all competitions last season and already has nine this season — it would have been 10 had the opener against Lyon not been credited as a Marcelo own goal.

But Cavani, who previously lived in the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has seen PSG commit the two biggest transfer fees in history to sign Neymar and Mbappe.

And 222 million-euro man Neymar has come to Paris to be the main man after spending four years in Lionel Messi’s shadow at Barcelona.

“This victory has exposed tensions between Neymar and Cavani,” said sports daily L’Equipe on its front page on Monday.

The ‘MCN’ scored eight goals between them in their first two matches together against Metz (5-1) and Celtic (5-0), but Sunday was less encouraging.

Cavani saw very little of the ball, while Neymar and Mbappe were relatively subdued, even if they combined to force PSG’s second on the night, a Jeremy Morel own goal.

Julian Draxler, a 40 million-euro signing from Wolfsburg in January, was also shoehorned into the team on Sunday but overloading the side with attacking stars is to the detriment of the overall balance.

PSG have not slipped up yet, but Sunday’s game showed that Emery has plenty on his plate.

 

PSG Equipped To Make Champions League Mark

Paris Saint-Germain kicks off their latest bid for Champions League glory at Celtic on Tuesday bolstered by the big-money signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

The French giants will be hoping that their lavish close-season spending can help finally achieve their Qatari owners’ dream of lifting the European Cup.

PSG responded to last season’s disappointments of losing the Ligue 1 title to Monaco and their stunning Champions League last-16 defeat at Barcelona, by smashing the world record transfer fee with the 222 million-euro ($267m) signing of Neymar from Barca.

While Qatar’s billions produced four consecutive French titles from 2013-2016, that form has yet to translate to European competition.

PSG’s last, and only, Champions League semi-final appearance was in 1995, with four straight last-eight exits followed by the harrowing 6-1 second-leg loss at the Camp Nou earlier this year, having beaten Barca 4-0 in the first game.

But with the additions of Neymar and Mbappe, hopes are high that Unai Emery’s men can put their continental troubles to bed.

“We are more than ready for the Champions League,” said defender Thomas Meunier after a 5-1 thrashing of Metz on Friday.

“We are a very good group, we can see that on the bench today with all the options we have.

“Every footballer plays for the Champions League, and with the team, we have this year, we must show the world that we want to go further than in previous years.”

Teenage sensation Mbappe joined from Monaco on deadline day on a season-long loan, with an option to buy for a fee that could reach a staggering 180 million euros.

“It’s too early to say (how far we can go), we haven’t even played yet,” said Mbappe, who scored on his debut against Metz.

“We have a good team and a lot of confidence, but we know that there’s still a lot of work to do. We’ll go to Glasgow to win and to start well.

“I’ve always said that the Champions League is a special competition, it is the competition for the big players and where we see the big players.”

‘Special night’ in store
PSG will have their European credentials tested by what promises to be a spine-tingling atmosphere at Parkhead, as Celtic look to cause an upset in Group B after an underwhelming return to the Champions League group stages last season.

Brendan Rodgers’ men have gone from strength to strength since the turn of the year, and are unbeaten in their last 54 domestic matches.

“What we’ve learned from our first game of the Champions League last year is that we’re not going to be as passive,” said Rodgers.

“They’re (PSG) the world away from where we’re at in terms of finances but it’s going to be an incredible night.

“It’s the first game of the Champions League against one of the great teams now of the competition, it will be another special night at Celtic Park.

“We’ll look forward to the challenge and we’ll recover well and prepare well for it.”

PSG’s fellow wannabee members of the European elite, Manchester City, came unstuck with a 3-3 draw at Celtic Park last season, and the Scottish champions still have the potential to be a danger on home turf.

While Celtic won the 1967 European Cup with a 15-man squad made purely of players born within 30 miles of their stadium, Paris has flung an expensive net far and wide in an attempt to emulate the likes of the ‘Lisbon Lions’.

Over 50 years since Celtic’s finest hour, PSG are fed up of waiting to dine at football’s top table.

 

‘I Don’t Know Why Neymar Left Barca’ – Wenger

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has shown his displeasure and said it’s difficult to know why Neymar quit Barcelona for PSG

Wenger admits he’d like the Brazilian to set out why he chose to leave Barca.

“Neymar has never really said the reasons for his departure because he always insisted upon a great desire to play with the best players,” said Wenger.

“He decided to take another route, so for financial reasons, or because he thinks that PSG will replace Real Madrid or Barcelona, or for personal reasons, he may want to become the player to which PSG, the team, is turning to and he wants to be recognized as the best player in the world.”

 

Barca President A ‘Joke’, Says Neymar

Josep Maria Bartomeu a “joke” as the war of wards between Barcelona’s beleaguered board and the Brazilian star continued on Tuesday.

In interviews with Catalan newspapers Mundo Deportivo and Sport, Bartomeu claimed Barca would be better off without Neymar this season following his world record 222 million euro ($263.7 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain.

With Bartomeu’s handling of Barca’s haphazard transfer policy being heavily criticised, he described the loss of Neymar as an “opportunity” for Barca to rebuild their midfield rather than pile resources into a superstar front three of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

“The trident was very good but it had its consequences,” Bartomeu told Sport.

“It is an opportunity to return to the collective football in the middle of the field, which traditionally was Barca’s strength.

“It is an opportunity, with a new coach, a new project. We need to stop being pessimistic!”

Bartomeu also criticised Neymar and his father and agent Neymar Sr’s exit strategy.

“This president is a joke,” Neymar replied in a comment about the news on social media site Instagram.

A vote of no confidence motion has been launched by former Barca presidential candidate Agusti Benedito that could oust Bartomeu if it receives enough support from the club’s members in the coming weeks.

Neymar’s departure sparked a shopping spree from Barca, who landed 20-year-old French winger Ousmane Dembele for an initial 105 million euro fee from Borussia Dortmund and Paulinho for 40 million from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

However, Barca missed out on a host of other targets, including Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, blaming the rampant inflation in the transfer market caused by PSG and Abu Dhabi-backed Manchester City.

La Liga has asked UEFA to investigate both PSG and City for breaches of financial fair play rules.

“Qatar and Abu Dhabi are two countries that have two clubs,” added Bartomeu.

“If Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Real Madrid or Arsenal buy a player from you, you know (the money) comes from football.

“But these two clubs distort the market.”

Bartomeu also insisted a four-year contract extension for Lionel Messi has been signed by the player’s agent and father, Jorge Horacio Messi.

Barca announced an agreement with the five-time World Player of the Year in July, but Messi himself is yet to put pen to paper amid rumours he is unhappy with the running of the club.

Messi’s current deal expires in 2018 meaning he could leave Barca for free next summer.

“It is all agreed and signed,” Bartomeu added.

“There are three contracts: one with Messi’s foundation, that is signed by the president of the foundation and the player’s brother; a contract with Leo Messi’s image rights, that his father and administrator of his company have signed; and the work contract that Leo’s father has signed.”

 

 

Source: The Guardian

Neymar, Real Madrid Have Verbal Agreement For Next Season – Report

The Brazillian Striker Neymar Jr and Real Madrid have a verbal agreement for the upcoming seasons, according to Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda.

Apparently, Los Blancos would’ve talked to Neymar’s father to explore the possibility of signing the Brazilian attacker over the next few years. If that report is accurate, the player would be willing to make such a move.

Either way, Neymar is playing his first games after signing for PSG for €222 million and right now Los Blancos would need a huge budget to sign the star away from the French club. Many things would need to change for Madrid to sign Neymar, including Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from the Spanish capital.

This doesn’t seem to be a likely scenario, so Neymar should be expected to play at least three or four seasons in the French league before thinking about a move elsewhere, especially because he would have to force his way out of the club.

 

Neymar Can Take PSG To ‘Next level’ – Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes that in signing Neymar, his former club Paris Saint-Germain has acquired the only player capable of taking them to the “next level”.

PSG smashed the world transfer record by paying Barcelona 222 million euros ($263.5 million) for Neymar, who has produced three goals and three assists in his first two appearances.

Ibrahimovic won four consecutive Ligue 1 titles with PSG, but never went beyond the Champions League quarter-finals and he suggested Neymar could be the man to change their fortunes in Europe.

“It’s difficult to not follow the news when a transfer like that happens,” said Ibrahimovic, who rejoined Manchester United on a one-year contract earlier this week.

“I follow my old teams and I’m happy for PSG that they made a transfer like that. Because he’s the only player you bring that could bring them to the next level. That’s what they did.”

Asked if he had any advice for Neymar, who has inherited his old number 10 shirt, Ibrahimovic told ESPN UK: “He doesn’t need advice. To go out and show his magic.

“And the rest will follow because he came to a fantastic team and he just needs to keep playing and make the fans enjoy (themselves).”

 

Source: The Guardian

Barca Sue Neymar For €8.5 Million

Barcelona is seeking at least €8.5 million in compensation from Neymar for breach of contract, the club said on Tuesday as the bitter fallout rumbles on from his world record €222 million moves to Paris Saint-Germain.

The move comes after Barcelona refused to pay a separate €26 million bonus due to Neymar for signing a five-year contract renewal last year.

“In the lawsuit, the club demands the player return the already paid sum for his contract renewal as he has not completed his contract; €8.5 million in damages; and an additional 10 percent because of delayed payment,” Barcelona said in a statement.

Neymar’s family hit back on Tuesday in a statement released by the firm representing their interests.

“This news was received with surprise given that the player fully respected the contract valid at the time,” said NN Consultoria.

“As for the bonuses owed for the signature of the contract in 2016, stipulated in the contract and not paid by FC Barcelona…(Neymar) has already started formal proceedings to recover the money before the competent court.”

Despite being under contract, Barcelona was powerless to stop Neymar’s move to PSG earlier this month as the French side met the buyout clause in his contract.

Barca added the demand was lodged against Neymar on August 11 with Barcelona’s employment court, eight days after his stunning move to Ligue 1.

The Catalan giants have also passed the claim onto Fifa and the French Football Federation via the Spanish Football Federation to take what they see as “the appropriate legal effects”.

Moreover, Barca urged PSG to pay the amount they are seeking if Neymar – who is reported to earn 30 million euros a year after tax for the next five years in Paris – isn’t able to meet their demands.

PSG ‘SURPRISED’

PSG responded on Tuesday evening by saying they were “surprised” at Barcelona’s move.

“Paris Saint-Germain reiterates that, like Neymar Jr., it has always respected all applicable laws and rules in its dealings and, once again, regrets the attitude of FC Barcelona,” read a club statement in English.

Barcelona’s latest move comes two days after Neymar fiercely criticised the club’s under-fire board after scoring twice in a stunning home debut as PSG beat Toulouse 6-2 on Sunday.

“There are people in charge that shouldn’t be there,” Neymar told reporters.

“Barca deserves much more and everyone knows that.”

The split between Barca’s top players and the board was evidenced as a smiling Neymar posted photos on his Instagram page of the Brazilian visiting former teammates including Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic on Tuesday.

“Friends that I missed,” Neymar wrote alongside a picture of him being embraced by Messi and Suarez.

Messi is yet to formally sign a new contract, the terms of which were agreed back in July, provoking speculation over his future.

The case is just the latest in a series of legal disputes that blighted Neymar’s four-year spell with Barcelona.

Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu, former president Sandro Rosell, Neymar and his parents are to face trial for fraud and corruption in Spain over the murky transfer that brought the player from Santos to Barca in 2013.

Investment company DIS – who owned 40 percent of Neymar’s sporting rights at the time of the transfer – believe they were cheated out of their real share of the deal.

Barca also settled a case with the Spanish tax authorities over the transfer for 5.5 million euros last year.

Bartomeu is under mounting pressure as Barca have so far failed in their attempts to replace Neymar with bids for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund rebuffed.

Following Barca’s 5-1 aggregate thrashing by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup last week, the hashtag “bartomeudimiteya” (Bartomeu resign now) was a trending topic worldwide on Twitter.

 

 

Source: SuperSport

Neymar Slams Hit On Ex-club “Barca Deserve Much Better”

Paris Saint-Germain’s world record signing Neymar launched a scathing attack on his former club’s directors, saying “Barca deserve much better”.

The people in charge at the Catalan giants “are not the people who should be there, for the direction of Barca,” Neymar told reporters after scoring twice on his home debut as PSG thumped Toulouse 6-2 in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

“I want to speak the truth, I’m very sad with them,” said the Brazilian star who cost the Paris club a world record 222 million euros ($261 million) to prise from Barcelona.

“I spent four years there and I was very happy. At the start, I was happy. I spent four beautiful years there and I parted happily. But with them (the club’s directors), no.

“For me, they are not the people who should be there, for the direction of Barca,” said Neymar.

“Barca deserves much better and the whole world knows it.”

Despite securing the massive fee for Neymar, Barcelona is struggling to replace him before the transfer window closes.

The club has had bids in excess of 100 million euros for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele turned down.

And the club has been criticised for splashing out 40 million euros ($47 million) for Brazil midfielder Paulinho, who has spent two years at Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

But Neymar said he could not comment on what the club was doing before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

“I cannot speak now I am in another team. I don’t know what’s going on there, but I see my old teammates sad, and it’s that which makes me sad because I have a lot of friends there,” he said.

“I hope that things will improve for Barca and that they will become a team that can rival others.”

However, former Tottenham flop Paulinho’s arrival has not been warmly received by Barca fanatical supporters at the Camp Nou.

Over 80 percent of fans urged the club not to pay more than 20 million euros for Paulinho in a survey conducted by Barcelona sports daily Mundo Deportivo.