Neymar has asked for a weekly wage of £1 million-per-week from Paris Saint-Germain as a condition of staying at the club, according to a report from The Times .
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Although PSG management refuted this rumor to L’Equipe, reports of Neymar’s request come in the aftermath of an injury which ruled him out of Les Parisiens’ disappointing game against Real Madrid, and a visit from PSG owner Nasser al-Khelaifi, who traveled to Brazil for discussions with the former Barcelona player and his father.
No information on Neymar’s future with the Parisian club was released, but media reports confirm that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has also spoken with the player’s father about a possible switch to the Santiago Bernabeu.
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La Liga and European champions Madrid are reportedly keen on bringing Neymar back to Spain next season, but his current club is most unlikely to sanction the player’s departure only 12 months after moving from Spain to France for a world-record €222 million.
Football pundits say Neymar is exploiting the interest from Madrid to ask for a increased pay from his current employers.
The 26-year-old reportedly earns around £537,000-per-week.
While an estimate of £353 million has already been set as a possible price by Spanish football analysts, Marco Ruiz of AS believes the Brazilian ace is valued at a €400 million price tag ― roughly.
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Neymar Sr., the player’s father who also acts as his agent, recently told reporters that his son has a future in the French capital beyond the summer, and PSG said their star footballer is not for sale. These contradictory statements, however, have not stopped the rumor mill from spinning.
“We’re going to hear in the next few months, even next season, indicating Neymar wants to leave PSG, from different angles,” Balague Guillem, a Spanish football analyst told Sky Sports.
“I believe it comes from the same source – his entourage. I think he’s realized PSG isn’t the place for him, I think he wants to look for a more competitive place to play.”