PSG CONFIRMS Neymar Wants To Leave But No Offer Is In Yet
July. 09, 2019
Paris Saint-Germain Sporting director Leonardo has confirmed that the club’s prized asset, Neymar Jr., wants to the leave, however, there has been no contact or offers for him.
Also, Neymar has been told he can leave the French champions if they receive a suitable offer, Leonardo confirmed to a French newspaper on Monday.
PSG made Neymar the most expensive player of all time when they paid Barca a world record €222 million (Dh913m) fee to lure him to the French capital in the summer of 2017.
"Neymar can leave PSG if there is an offer that suits everyone. But to date, we do not know if anyone wants to buy him or at what price. All this is not done in a day, that's for sure," Leonardo told Le Parisien.
"It's clear to everyone [that he wants to leave], but in football, you say one thing today and tomorrow another ... It's amazing but it's like that. We talked with his entourage too. Everyone knows everything.
"The position is clear for all participants. But one thing is concrete today: he still has three years of contract with us and since we have not received an offer, we cannot discuss anything."
Both Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his vice-president Jordi Cardoner have made public statements over the past two weeks that Neymar wants to return to the Spanish champions.
"We have not received any offers," Leonardo added. "But we have had, it's true, very superficial contacts [with Barcelona].
"They said they want to buy him but that we are not selling. It was [Bartomeu] who said that. But we have not seen that Barcelona are truly in a position to buy him.
"A move of this magnitude is not just a question of emotions. It is a financial question.
"PSG want to count on players who want to be here and build something big. We do not need players who are doing a favour to the club by being here."
With Barcelona also courting Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, it remains doubtful the Catalan club could afford to buy the Frenchman and Neymar in the same transfer window.
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