Neymar ‘willing to accept 50 per cent wage cut’ from his current £600k-a-week at PSG to force through summer move back to Barcelona… despite rejecting a reduction in his earnings to help Parisians amid Covid-19 crisis
- Neymar appears determined to get his move back to Barcelona this summer
- Reports claim Neymar is willing to halve his wages to get back to Nou Camp
- Neymar earns in the region of £600,000-per-week at Paris Saint-Germain
- The PSG squad were unwilling to accept a pay reduction amid Covid-19 crisis
Neymar is reportedly willing to accept a 50 per cent wage cut to secure a summer move from Paris Saint-Germain back to Barcelona.
The Brazilian star has been regularly linked with a return to the Nou Camp though PSG’s £175million asking price was likely to prove a stumbling block.
However, Monday’s edition of Mundo Deportivo reports that Neymar is determined to force through his return to Catalonia and will make a financial sacrifice.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo lead on Neymar’s willingness to accept a 50 per cent pay reduction in order to force through a move from PSG back to Barcelona
The Brazilian is determined to get his move back to the Nou Camp after three years at PSG
Neymar earns £600,000-a-week under his current contract at PSG but, according to the report, is willing to reduce this to £300,000-a-week back at Barcelona.
It comes despite Neymar being one of the players who rejected planned wage cuts at PSG amid the coronavirus crisis.
Back in November, the 28-year-old, who cost a world record £198m when PSG signed him from Barcelona in 2017, rejected a new contract offer worth £90m to stay at the Parc des Princes.
His existing deal runs until 2022 and this offer would have tied him to PSG until 2025 but Neymar appears set on returning to Barcelona.
Neymar spent four years at Barcelona between 2013 and 2017, achieving great success
The Brazilian forward has scored 18 goals and contributed 10 assists for PSG this season
Mundo Deportivo also report that PSG could reduce their asking price to around £132m in the coming days now the player has made clear he doesn’t want to stay beyond this summer.
Barcelona are open to bringing Neymar back but also want to sign Inter Milan’s Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez, who has a £98m release clause.
And while Barcelona have previously been bullish about their ability to sign both players, the financial impact of the Covid-19 shutdown, which has already seen their squad accept a 70 per cent pay cut, may mean it is no longer possible.
Barcelona are determined to sign Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez when the window opens
Reports over the weekend suggested that Barcelona have already lost £124m as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
Neymar has enjoyed a fine season for PSG, scoring 18 goals and contributing 10 assists in 22 matches across all competitions.
They have been awarded the title following the cancellation of the Ligue 1 season amid the coronavirus pandemic and had made it into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, should the competition resume later in the year.
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