Neymar 'ready to go on strike' if PSG deny Barcelona transfer return

By Mirror: Wednesday, June 26th 2019 at 15:09 GMT +3 | Football
Paris St Germain superstar Neymar [Courtesy]

Neymar is prepared to miss the start of Paris Saint-Germain's pre-season if his move to Barcelona is not completed before then, according to reports in Spain.

The Brazilian joined the French giants in a world-record £199m move in 2017 but wants to return to the Camp Nou this summer after a difficult spell in the capital.

Although the club reportedly want to keep their prized asset, the 27-year-old forward has told PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi that he wants to move to his former club.

Despite suggestions that Neymar has already agreed personal terms and is ready to take a pay-cut in order to complete a transfer, the two clubs are yet to reach an agreement.

But Mundo Deportivo reports that the player is hoping to lay the foundations of a move before Thomas Tuchel's squad start their pre-season preparations on July 8.

And according to the Spanish publication, the Brazilian could take a position of strength, including missing the first day of the new season, if a deal is not reached before then.

Get the latest sports news updates. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting 'SPORTS' to 22840.

However, it is also claimed that he would like to avoid such measures because he is hopeful that his wishes will be granted by the club.

With Barcelona unwilling to match the same sum they received for Neymar two years ago, it has been claimed that the Spanish champions are open to offering Philippe Coutinho or Ivan Rakitic to the French side as part of a player-plus-cash deal.

Some reports in France had suggested that PSG were open to selling the 27-year-old, who has three years left on his current contract, but the Telegraph claimed on Tuesday that the Paris-based side want him to stay if he shows greater effort.

The French champions are planning to adopt a tougher approach to their under-performing players following Leonardo's return as sporting director, with Al-Khelaifi telling France Football that the club would no longer tolerate "superstar behaviour".

In the same interview, the PSG president also openly questioned the attitude of Neymar, saying: "I want players willing to give everything to defend the honour of the jersey and join the club project.

"Those who do not want to, or do not understand, we see each other and talk about it.

"Of course there are contracts that must be respected, but now the priority is the total members of the project.

"Nobody forced him to sign here, nobody pushed him in. He came knowingly to join a project."

Meanwhile, it looks as though Neymar is looking to put the speculation surrounding his future to the back of his mind as he welcomed NBA star Jimmy Butler to Brazil.

The Brazilian, who is currently missing his country's Copa America campaign due to injury, posted a photo to his official Instagram account on Tuesday which showed him posing alongside the Philadelphia 76ers Shooting Guard.

Related Topics:
LATEST STORIES
POPULAR HEADLINES