Neymar “not entirely closed off” to a move to Al-Hilal

L’Équipe report that 31-year-old Brazilian attacker Neymar is “not entirely closed off” to the possibility of a move to Saudi 1st division side Al-Hilal.

As reported by multiple outlets, Neymar wants to leave PSG this summer, having been somewhat traumatised by fan protests against him during the 2022/23 campaign.

His initial intention, if he is able to leave PSG this summer, is to return to Barcelona, six years after he left the Catalan giants for Paris in a then record €222m deal.

The winger explained as much to PSG President Al-Khelaifi last weekend. However, it is believed that it is seriously unlikely that Barcelona – given their current financial situation – can afford to even come close to matching Neymar’s €30m a year gross salary at PSG.

In Spain, sources are speaking about Barça looking at a loan with an obligation to buy clause with PSG – but this idea seems to significantly underestimate the extent of the Catalan club’s current financial difficulties. There is also the matter of whether or not PSG wish to strengthen Barcelona in this way by sanctioning such a move. 

Chelsea – who have been in regular contact with Neymar’s entourage – remain in the background. The 31-year-old does not intend to shut off the idea of a move to Al-Hilal at this stage. Lionel Messi, who was offered €500m a year on a 2-year contract, was much closer to accepting a move to Saudi Arabia than has been reported.

In the case of Neymar, the offer is much less on the salary side than what Messi was proposed, around €80m a year net. At the moment, he is being respectful of this opportunity and may come back to it if his priority, which is to remain in Europe and fighting for the Champions’ League at a club that isn’t PSG, does not materialise.

He wants to remain in a competitive league, above all, because he still intends to be at the World Cup in 2026.


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