As reports emerge from Brazilian source Esporte Interativo suggesting that Paris Saint-Germain may have reached an agreement with Barcelona forward Neymar, Spanish outlet Marca claim that Manchester United and Manchester City were both priced out of a move as the Catalan club demanded that any suitor pay his £195 million (222 million euro) release clause.
That clause is set to increase to an even higher fee next summer, if he doesn’t move in the current transfer window, due to a clause in his contract, taking it to a figure nearer £220 million.
What would Neymar add to the United or City squad?
Quality in abundance. Perhaps overshadowed at the Camp Nou by Lionel Messi, there is little doubt that the Brazilian is not far behind Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the pecking order of the world’s best players. In just a few years he will surely be leading that list, as his 105 goals and 80 assists in 186 games for Barcelona show.
Would a £195 million move ever happen?
It seems highly unlikely. United have spent big in the past two windows and City have money to spend, but even for these two clubs, such a fee would be pushing their resources to the limits at beyond twice the current world record fee. If they were to spend such a fee on one player, it is hard to see them signing anyone else and may even have to sell some players, even if it is only to balance the books for Financial Fair Play.
Is there any chance the asking price could fall?
Barcelona would refuse to sell their Brazilian star unless his release clause was met and they were left with no choice. The only way for anyone to reach a deal would be to pay that clause, with that set to increase next summer. It’s worth remembering here that Neymar only has the release clause as Spanish law makes it an obligation for all La Liga players.
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