Neymar Set to Leave Paris Saint-Germain
By Park Jae-ho, Star News Reporter | 2023.08.14 11:51
According to recent reports, it seems that Neymar (31) will be leaving Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). The player is rumored to be parting ways with his teammate Lee Kang-in (22). RMC Sports France reported on the 14th (Korea time) that, “This season, there will be only one player left in the MNM line of PSG (Mbappe-Neymar-Messi). The breakup between Neymar and PSG is imminent.”
The media states that PSG has reached an agreement with Al-Hilal for the transfer of Neymar, with a transfer fee of approximately 90 million euros (about 130.6 billion won). The contract is expected to be for a duration of two years, until 2025, with an option to extend for another year. Neymar is said to be highly interested in the Al-Hilal project. However, Neymar’s official signature is still missing from the contract. RMC Sport predicts that the contract will be finalized within the next few days, as soon as Neymar completes his medical examination.
UK’s ‘Sky Sports’ also reported on the same day that “it has been a summer of upheaval in Paris, with Messi leaving for Inter Miami and Mbappe involved in transfer disputes with PSG. Neymar has all but agreed to the transfer to Al-Hilal.” The report also highlighted PSG coach Luis Enrique’s change in perception of Neymar, stating that at 31 years old, Neymar is no longer considered a key player in the team. PSG is now focused on building a younger squad and actively seeking to sell Neymar. When PSG signed Neymar from Barcelona in 2017, they paid a record-breaking transfer fee of 220 million euros (about 317.7 billion won). PSG is determined to recoup a significant portion of this transfer fee and is not willing to let Neymar go for a bargain price. The recent breakdown of Neymar’s potential return to Barcelona is also linked to PSG’s demands for a substantial transfer fee from Al-Hilal.
Brazil’s UOL also reported on the 13th that “Al-Hilal has offered Neymar an annual salary of 100 million euros (about 145.8 billion won).” The negotiations between both parties have been ongoing for the past two weeks. It was further revealed that Al-Hilal significantly increased their offer after losing 1-2 to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nasr in the final of the ‘2023 Arab Club Champions Cup’ held in Saudi Arabia on the 13th. Al-Hilal is eager to bring in Neymar to create a similar impact to what Al Nasr experienced with Ronaldo. UOL stated, “After their loss to Al Nasr, Al-Hilal recognized the need to recruit Neymar and offered a higher salary. Previously, Neymar had rejected Al-Hilal’s offer of 80 million euros (about 116.6 billion won). Al-Hilal aims to replicate the ‘Neymar effect’ that Al Nasr gained through Ronaldo. They aspire to make Neymar the second highest-paid player in Saudi Arabia, after Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, who recently joined Al Ittihad from Real Madrid, and receive a higher salary.”
Neymar recently participated in a friendly match against Jeonbuk Hyundai, held at the Asian Main Stadium in Busan, Korea on the 3rd. He delivered an impressive performance, scoring 2 goals and providing 1 assist. There is a growing possibility that this match may have been Neymar’s farewell appearance. This game marked Neymar’s comeback after a 6-month absence due to an ankle injury suffered in February. Despite limited playing time, Neymar’s outstanding contribution on the field was met with admiration from the crowd. This match also marked the first collaboration between Neymar and Lee Kang-in, who joined PSG this summer. Though still not fully recovered from a hamstring injury, Lee Kang-in played a crucial role in connecting attacks alongside Neymar. Domestic fans now express their regrets as the likelihood of seeing Lee Kang-in and Neymar play together in the future decreases.
There have been reports from RMC Sport stating that “despite Neymar’s remarkable comeback performance against Jeonbuk, he has been unable to change the internal atmosphere of PSG or the mindset of manager Enrique.” It appears that Enrique no longer considers Neymar as the team’s core player, leading to an increased possibility of Neymar’s departure in order to facilitate the restructuring of the team around promising young players. This notion is supported by ‘The Athletic’ report from the UK, which states, “Coach Enrique intends to rebuild the team with a focus on emerging talent.” PSG has already bid farewell to several veteran players with high profiles, including Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos, while recruiting numerous young talents such as Lee Kang-in, Sher Ndour, and Manuel Ugarte during the summer transfer window.
During his six seasons at PSG, Neymar appeared in 173 official games and scored a total of 118 goals. Despite playing only 20 league games last season due to injury, he managed to score 13 goals and provide 11 assists, finishing 5th in attacking contributions in Ligue 1. Nevertheless, Neymar faced criticism from fans, especially after PSG’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League for the second consecutive year, reaching a climax when fans boycotted the league victory celebration held by the club. Neymar was also subject to backlash from fans when he suffered injury setbacks. Some consider these events as turning points that may prompt Neymar’s departure from PSG. France’s ‘L’Equipe’ recently explained, “Neymar still vividly recalls the shock of that period, especially the club’s indifferent attitude towards him despite the threats made by fans.”
PSG is scheduled to play their second Ligue 1 match against Toulouse on the 20th of August. Fans eagerly await news regarding Neymar’s potential move to Al-Hilal.
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Reporter Park Jae-ho of Star News | 2023.08.14 11:51
Lee Kang-in (left) and Neymar celebrate after Neymar scored an extra goal in the match between PSG and Jeonbuk Hyundai held at the Busan Asian Main Stadium on the 3rd. /Photo = Neymar News. /AFPBBNews=News1 Neymar. /AFPBBNews=News 1 Ultimately, it appears that Neymar (31) is leaving Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). He is about to break up with Lee Kang-in (22). RMC Sports France reported on the 14th (Korea time), “There is only one player left in the MNM line of PSG (Mbappe-Neymar-Messi) this season. The breakup between Neymar and PSG is about to happen. ” He did.
According to the media, PSG agreed with Al-Hilal on the transfer of Neymar for a transfer fee of about 90 million euros (about 130.6 billion won). The period of the contract is 2 years until 2025, with an extension option for one year. Neymar is also said to be fascinated by the Al-Hilal project. Neymar’s ‘signature’ is missing from the contract. RMC Sport predicted, “The contract will be completed within a few days. Neymar will sign the contract as soon as he finishes the medical.”
Neymar. /AFPBBNews=News1 Neymar. /AFPBBNews=News1 Neymar. /AFPBBNews=News1 UK’Sky Sports’ also said on the same day, “The summer in Paris is a series of upheavals, with Messi leaving for Inter Miami and Mbafe having a transfer clash with PSG. Neymar has almost agreed to the transfer. from Al Hilal. Roberto Pir Following Minu, Jordan Henderson and Ruben Neves, he will be named as the most famous player to travel to Saudi Arabia this summer.” He added, “PSG coach Luis Enrique no longer considers Neymar a key player at the age of 31. PSG is focusing on building a younger team and is working on selling Neymar.” When PSG signed Neymar from Barcelona in 2017, they spent an astronomical sum of 220 million euros (about 317.7 billion won). This remains the record for the most expensive transfer fee in football history even six years later. PSG, who want to recover the transfer fee at an appropriate level, do not want to let Neymar go at a bargain price. The recent collapse of Neymar’s return to Barcelona is also linked to this. ‘Sky Sports’ said, “PSG are demanding a big transfer fee from Al-Hilal.”
Neymar. /AFPBBNews=News1 Neymar. /AFPBBNews=News1 Neymar. /AFPBBNews= News 1 Brazil’s UOL also reported on the 13th that “Al-Hilal has offered Neymar an annual salary of 100 million euros (about 145.8 billion won).” According to the media, both sides have been discussing in detail over the last two weeks. In particular, it was reported that Al-Hilal significantly increased the negotiated amount after losing 1-2 to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nasr in the final of the ‘2023 Arab Club Champions Cup’ held at the King Fahd Stadium in Saudi Arabia on the 13th. On this day, Al-Hilal scored the opening goal and took the lead, but Ronaldo allowed an equalizer in the 29th minute of the second half and a golden comeback goal in the 7th minute of extra time to concede the championship. Al-Hilal are looking to recruit Neymar and have fun, just as Al-Nasr are enjoying the ‘Ronaldo effect’. UOL said, “When Al-Hilal lost to Al-Nasr, he decided he had to recruit Neymar and offered a higher price. Previously, Neymar had rejected Al-Hilal’s salary offer of 80 million euros (about 116.6 billion won ).” “Al-Hilal wants the ‘Neymar effect’ like Al Nasr Ronaldo. It has set a goal of making Neymar the second highest paid in Saudi Arabia after Ronaldo. Karim Benzema, who joined Al Ittihad from Real Madrid this summer. It’s a higher salary.”
Neymar. /AFPBBNews=News1 Neymar (centre). /AFPBBNews=News1 Neymar (centre). /AFPBBNews=News1 Neymar. /AFPBBNews=News 1 Neymar took part in a friendly match against Jeonbuk Hyundai held at the Asian Main Stadium in Busan, Korea on the 3rd, and made a big success with 2 goals and 1 assist. There is a growing possibility that this match will be Neymar’s farewell match. At the time, Neymar came back after 6 months from an ankle injury in February, but his brilliant performance which made the gap clear drew the admiration of the crowd. On this day, Neymar also collaborated for the first time with Lee Kang-in, who moved to PSG this summer. With Neymar starting as a left-sided striker and Lee Kang-in being replaced as an attacking midfielder midway through the second half, the ‘dream line-up’ the fans have been waiting for finally developed. Lee Kang-in did not fully recover from his hamstring injury at the time, so he played lightly in midfield rather than making vigorous moves and worked hard to connect attacks with his teammates. There were no shooting and attacking points, but the attack was released by exchanging passes with Neymar. Domestic fans regret that the possibility that Lee Kang-in and Neymar will no longer be able to play together has increased.
Recently, RMC Sport said, “Neymar made a great comeback from the last match against Jeonbuk, but he could not change the internal atmosphere of PSG and the mind of manager Enrique.” It seems that Enrique no longer considers Neymar as the core of the team. The possibility of removing Neymar to create a young team has increased. Recently, Britain’s ‘The Athletic’ also reported, “Coach Enrique wants to reorganize the team around promising players.” In fact, as soon as last season ended, PSG sent veterans with high names such as Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos, and recruited a large number of new players with high potential such as Lee Kang-in, Sher Ndour, and Manuel This Ugarte. summer.
Neymar. /AFPBBNews=News1 Neymar (centre). /AFPBBNews=News1 Neymar. /AFPBBNews=News 1 Neymar played 6 seasons at PSG, playing 173 official games and scoring a total of 118 goals. Last season, he only played 20 league games due to injury, but scored 13 goals and 11 assists, finishing 5th in attacking points in Ligue 1. It was a decent performance following the injury, but when PSG were eliminated from ‘ the tournament for the second consecutive year in the UEFA Champions League (UCL), criticism from fans reached its peak. This was to the point of boycotting the PSG league victory celebration held at home. Neymar, who missed many games due to injury, was also criticized. Fans protested at Neymar’s home in May when he was sidelined with injury. Some see this event as a critical opportunity for Neymar to leave PSG. Recently, France’s ‘L’Equipe’ explained, “Neymar remembers the shock at the time. In particular, he was angered by the attitude of the club, which was threatened by fans and did not even care about him. “
PSG will play the second round of Ligue 1 against Toulouse at 4 am on the 20th. Before that, fans’ attention is focused on whether Neymar will complete the Al-Hilal transfer.
Lee Kang-in (left) and Neymar. /Photo = Neymar News. /AFPBBNews=News1 Neymar (left) Ashraf Hamiki. /AFPBBNews=News1 Neymar. /AFPBBNews=News1
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