[시사포커스 / 이근우 기자] Chelsea FC, who are looking for a striker, have been linked with Neymar (30, Paris Saint-Germain) this time.
British media ‘Express’ reported on the 27th (Korean time), “Chelsea’s new owner, Todd Boeli, will support manager Thomas Tuchel with an astonishing £200 million (approximately 315 billion won) of transfer funds. can do it,” he said.
PSG are likely to sell Neymar in the summer transfer window. Neymar, whose contract expires in 2025, scored 13 goals in 22 French Ligue 1 matches in the 2021-2022 season. PSG is expected to sell Neymar and reduce its weekly pay to ease the financial burden.
Neymar is paid £3.4m a month at PSG. According to ‘Football London’, Lionel Messi is rated at 2.8 million pounds (about 4.4 billion won), and Kylian Mbappe is known to be 1.8 million pounds (about 2.8 billion won), which is a relatively high salary.
PSG Chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi previously said, “I have only one dream, but the reality is a different matter. The bigger the dream the better, but at this point we have to be realistic. You have to break up with the players who are only flashy and not stagnant. “We love our team and we like players who want to win.”
Local media see the player selected by Al Khelaifi as Neymar in the interview. Neymar was an unsellable player when he was playing as a regular striker for PSG with Mbappe, but the transfer was made possible due to the joining of Lionel Messi, Mbappe’s stay and the reorganization of the squad.
However, Neymar made a £198 million move from PSG from Barcelona. PSG is also expected to collect the transfer fee as much as possible, and there are not many big clubs that can afford Neymar’s astronomical transfer fee and weekly salary.
Newcastle are among the clubs likely to try to sign Neymar in the Premier League, but Chelsea could also join the fight. Chelsea are also interested in signing Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) and Ousman Dembele (FC Barcelona) while Romelo Lukaku’s loan move is imminent.