Barcelona value Neymar deal at no more than 200 million euros (Marca)
Neymar’s hypothetical signing for Barcelona is a real possibility. Paris Saint-Germain, for the first time in two years, are willing to listen to offers for their Brazilian star as they are tired of his off-field antics. The Blaugrana and, to a lesser extent, Real Madrid have registered their interest in Neymar, but he will not come cheap.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, with a calculator in his hand, has assumed that the deal will cost 600 million euros over the next five years, if we take into account the 250m euros that PSG are demanding for his transfer, plus the 350m euros the player would expect to earn in this period of time. Bartomeu is unwilling to pay this amount of money for Neymar, largely because the club are not in a financial position to do so. If there is no reduction in the price, there’s no deal.
Instead, they value Neymar at a figure that would be at most 200m euros. These are the reasons why: his valuation has decreased in the two years since PSG paid 222m euros to take him from the Camp Nou; his performances on the pitch have not lived up to expectation, and his off-field problems have not helped matters either; he is more susceptible to injuries than he was during his time at the Blaugrana; and finally, it is PSG who put him up on the market a few days ago, rather than Barcelona forcing their hand.
The contribution of the player in a sporting sense not only affects the price of the transfer but also the salary. At present, Neymar’s current wage is another headache for Barcelona to overcome, who are already overcommitting on salaries with regard to how much money they are generating. Neymar is earning 36m euros per season in Paris. The Blaugrana, if they made a move to sign him, would ask that he reduces his salary demands.
Given the club’s history with Neymar’s father, though, it seems difficult. Nevertheless, Barcelona believe that his desire to return to Catalonia, where he would play with his friends Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, would cause the 27-year-old to take a pay cut.
The only way to sign Neymar is to include players in the deal, as MARCA reported a few days ago. Though Bartomeu is yet to officially contact PSG, he is studying ways in which they can reduce the Brazilian’s price tag. Philippe Coutinho, Neymar’s friend, could be one name put forward to be included in the deal, and he would likely not turn down the chance to join the Parisians. The player himself recognises that his time in Catalonia has not gone how he had expected and he is looking for a way out, while the club want to sell the most expensive player in their history. It now remains to be seen how much PSG value him at, given that any fee below 100m euros would see Barcelona make a loss, something they do not want to do.
What is clear is that players must leave – either elsewhere or to PSG – for Barcelona to bring Neymar back to the Camp Nou. They need funds, or at least to reduce the size of the transfer fee, as well as creating space in terms of wages.