Barcelona have reached a verbal agreement with Neymar over his return to the club from Paris Saint-Germain this summer – two years after the Brazilian left Camp Nou for a world record fee.
Rumours have circulated over Neymar’s desire to leave France over the last few weeks, and it appears he’s taken one step closer to the exit door after agreeing a five-year deal with the Spanish champions, in what would be one heck of a humbling move for a player who left the club in search of individual recognition
But it’s not really gone to plan for Neymar in Paris, and it’s emerged in both the Spanish and French press of late that he’s desperate for a return. The problem for him was – well, as it turns out it wasn’t that much of a problem, given what Catalan daily Sport have reported on Tuesday – that Barca were very certain in their conditions to the player before making the offer.
The conditions? The first was to cut his salary by almost 50%, something which, according to the report, he has already agreed to do. At PSG, the 27-year-old has been bringing in a whopping €3,069,520-per-month – or around €100,000-a-day – and is the second best-paid footballer in the world behind former (and future?) teammate Lionel Messi.
However, his reported earnings upon a return to the Nou Camp would be around €24m-per-season, a €12m reduction, with the player’s clear priority being to restore his place at the top of the world game – not the annual Forbeslist.