Neymar 'must take £26m pay cut to return to Barcelona'

Now THAT’S a pay cut: Neymar ‘must drop £26m in wages if he wants to return to Barcelona’ with PSG set to offer Brazil star a deal worth £44m per year to stay

  • PSG are desperate to keep prized asset Neymar away from Barcelona return
  • Parisian giants broke world record transfer fee for the Brazil star in 2017
  • Neymar was reportedly close to making move back to the Nou Camp last year 

Neymar must take a huge cut to his salary if he is to quit Paris Saint-Germain and return to former club Barcelona, according to reports in Spain.

The Brazil star nearly made the move back to the Nou Camp last summer and has not given up hope of getting his dream move back.

But it appears he would have to take a decision between personal happiness and money when he ponders his money.

Neymar must take a huge pay cut to swap PSG for Barcelona, according to reports in Spain

The Brazilian is in his third season at PSG after signing a five-year deal back in 2017

PSG are prepared to offer the 28-year-old a pay rise from his current £600,000-a-week deal and an extension of his contract in a bid to keep him at the Parc des Princes, claim Mundo Deportivo.

They are ready to take his salary up to £44m per season, which includes a £12m sponsorship deal with the National Bank of Qatar.

The new deal would bring Neymar’s salary closer to those of the only two footballers in the world who earn more than him – Lionel Messi at Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus. 

In contrast, Barcelona can only offer their former star man a deal at £18m per season. 

Neymar was close to rejoining former team-mates Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi last summer

Neymar is into his third season in Paris after signing a five-year contract in an astonishing record-breaking £198m move from Barca in 2017.

But the Brazilian has not come close to winning the Champions League or picking up the individual awards he so prizes in his time there.

He scored 105 goals in 186 games in four seasons at Barca, forming a devastating front three alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Neymar won two league titles there and lifted the Champions League in 2015.

This season Neymar had scored 18 goals and contributed 10 assists in all competitions for PSG prior to the Covid-19 shutdown. 

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