Barcelona superstar Neymar is set to be offered a lengthy and lucrative deal from the Camp Nou hierarchy before the end of this season, as the Catalan club look to tie down their striker until 2021.
Neymar was one of Barca’s top performers last season and has most recently been linked with a move to Manchester United, who reportedly made a staggering £140 million bid for the Brazil international.
Despite this huge fee being touted, it’s an age-old trick by players to link themselves with another major club in order to improve their current deal.
This may not be the case here, and Barcelona are said to have wanted to discuss a new deal since before the end of last season, according to the Daily Mail, but these rumours could potentially have the club worried he will vacate Barca for pastures new.
Neymar is now set to be offered this five-year deal before the end of this term along with a hike in his wages, bringing him closer to that of talisman Lionel Messi, who reportedly earns €20 million (£14.6m) net.
The frontman will also have a buyout clause ‘in line’ with Messi’s, which is currently set at €250 million (£182m). This would make the 23-year-old almost out of reach for any club on the planet.
Barcelona currently have a lot to offer their top talent, not only financially, but on the playing field they are the most successful team in Europe having won the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey last season.
Neymar’s contribution to this sort of domination has been integral. His 22 La Liga goals, ten in the Champions League and seven in the Copa Del Rey were imperative to the Catalan club doing the treble last term.
He also notched up nine assists in the league, proof that his relationship with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez was a success.
Although United may be a long-term suitor for the ex-Santos man, the Old Trafford outfit could be priced out of signing Neymar should this mammoth buyout clause be attached to his new mooted deal.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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