The subject of Neymar’s Barcelona contract has reared its head once more this week as his future at the club has once again become a topic of conversation.
Earlier this week, Football Leaks uploaded documents online purporting to be the Brazilian international’s current contract details with the Catalan giants.
The most surprising detail in the file was that although the contract is heavily incentivised and bonus-oriented, his standard take-home pay is just £77,000 per week.
To put that into context, Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey earns £80,000, and he’s about to be relegated to the Championship.
Of course that does not take into account the bonus system in place – all in, only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo earned more money than Neymar last year.
Another interesting bit of information is confirmation that Neymar’s release clause stands at €190 million – though that is a figure that was made public last week when the player’s agent Wagner Ribeiro was fluttering his eyelashes at Paris Saint-Germain.
It’s a state of affairs that Neymar (and his agent) would like to put right as soon as possible, and talks over a new contract are well underway. His current deal expires in 2018 and Barcelona are keen to tie him down to a new long term deal and renegotiated release clause, lest PSG arrive at the Camp Nou with €190m and a big net this summer.
According to a report in Spanish daily AS, the 24 year old is looking for a significant pay rise on the “paltry” £77,000 per week he is currently receiving. He is reportedly looking to increase his wages to five times his current wage structure to bring him closer in line to the likes of Messi and Ronaldo – whom he, realistically, is now sharing a platform with in terms of the world’s best players.
The deal would take his yearly salary to approximately £35m (€45m) and apparently Barcelona are to fully comply with his demands, such is his importance to them. The deal is due to begin in July, in accordance with Barça maintaining their debt at a certain level until June.
The report goes on to allege that deals like Neymar’s will cost the club so much money, that club president Josep María Bartomeu is looking to bring a massive shirt sponsor on board, as well as potential as a bumper renewal on their deal with kit manufacturer Nike.