PSG prioritizes Madrid over Barça to sell to NeymarAugust 11, 2019
The PSG is no longer cut and publicly exposes its desire to transfer to Neymar, which he incorporated only two years ago from Barça in exchange for 222 million euros, the most expensive transfer in history. Leonardo, sports director of the Parisian club, was explicit yesterday in a group with journalists before the press conference of Thomas Tuchel, coach of the PSG: "It is important for everyone to define the future, Neymar’s exit negotiations are more advanced than before, but that does not mean that there is an agreement. This will define if he stays, and then he will play, or if he leaves. "
They are not Leonardo's first words about a possible transfer of the Brazilian, who is also determined to leave Paris after two seasons of worries, in which he accumulated national titles, but also European disappointments and a couple of major injuries. On July 8, Leonardo already opened the door to all possibilities in an interview with Le Parisien: "You can leave if there is an offer that suits everyone …". Leonardo's words, those and those he delivered yesterday, respond to a process of attrition that has crystallized in the mutual desire of club and player to end their relationship. Mbappé finished last year claiming to be the only headliner ("It is time to take greater responsibility. Maybe in Paris I will be happy, but maybe in another place too") Neymar lit the fuse by not showing up to train on schedule, which prompted a statement from the PSG announcing "appropriate measures."
Neymar continues to train with his still teammates, awaiting resolution. Although the matter has no easy arrangement; With the Premier League market closed, there are only two clubs capable of articulating an operation such as its signing: Real Madrid and Barcelona. Although Leonardo dodged yesterday to specify which of the two has an advantage in the negotiation.
His fit in the white attack would be simpler than in Barça's, already saturated with the Messi, Suarez, Griezmann, Dembele, Coutinho … And yet, the player's primary desire is to return to Barcelona, although it keeps Madrid's option warm. There is no doubt in the PSG: relations with Barça are broken and in Paris they prefer to transfer it to Madrid, to which they would give all the facilities (until an assignment, with option of purchase or obligatory transfer after one year, is on the table). The newspaper 'Le Parisien', very close to the PSG, pointed out yesterday afternoon this possibility advanced by AS in its edition of Saturday.
Neymar missed the French Super Cup against Rennes by penalty and today had before him the opportunity to play his first game of the course, but Leonardo already advanced and Tuchel confirmed later that he did not enter the call for the debut in Ligue 1 against Nimes . The sports director pulled honesty and called it "club decision"; the coach hid himself in his physical state: "He has returned from injury and has not completed a week of training yet. He is not ready." A convenient absence to avoid an inconvenient injury that would disrupt the attempts of PSG and Neymar to abandon their relationship.
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