The news has hit the media earlier this week: according to various sources, Manchester United was willing to pay Neymar‘s buyout clause of over $190 million to Barcelona, and further $340,000 a week, for the player to join its ranks. Sounds attractive enough? Well, I think it does – several sources have considered the deal to be ready to go down, with the Brazilian player joining the ranks of the Red Devils starting next spring.
But don’t bet on Neymar leaving Camp Nou just yet.
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But back to Neymar’s possible transfer to Old Trafford.
According to the latest information, it’s not going to happen. Several sources have speculated that Neymar did not have the intention to leave Barcelona at all, using Manchester United’s interest to land a better contract with his current team. And, according to the Daily Mail, he succeeded: Barca has reportedly raised his buyout clause to €250 million (about $283 million), and his weekly salary to €8.8 million (about $10 million) per season. The player’s current deal is valid until 2018, but the team apparently wants to sign a new one with the player, to last until 2021. The Mail says that Barca has intended to raise Neymar’s salary anyway starting his third year at the club, and they are likely to position the player closer to Lionel Messi, who is paid €20 million per season. Neymar is one of the three players on the front that make Barca unstoppable, along with Luis Suarez and Messi. He was a phenomenal success last season, with 39 goals scored, including in the Champions League final.
Another thing to keep Neymar from leaving Catalonia would be his family. His four year old son Davi Lucca has recently moved to Barcelona from Brazil, so he wouldn’t have to travel back and forth to see him. The Daily Mail writes that young Davi has been registered at a local school in Barcelona. Neymar was off the field for a time as he suffered adult mumps, from which he has now fully recovered. He is in full training. He might not be back on the field for the next two weeks, which will leave him with extra time to recover.