Chelsea still interested in landing Neymar this summer?

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According to Le Parisien, there are indications that Chelsea is considering the potential signing of Neymar this summer after having shown interest in the Brazil international as recently as just a few months ago.

Neymar is currently under contract with PSG until June 2027, but his future in the French capital remains uncertain as it's been the case for more than a year now.

Le Parisien suggests that Neymar's personal intentions and preference for the final years of his career are "still a mystery".

Chelsea, along with another undisclosed club, has reportedly "gathered information" about the PSG forward and Brazilian international Neymar of late and for the past few months in an attempt to know everything they can about the player before moving forward and submitting an offer to PSG.

The English club "has approached Neymar's entourage to understand his mindset" and "to position themselves ahead of all other potential suitors in the event of his departure," reports Le Parisien.

If Neymar were to leave PSG, it would likely be through a transfer rather than a loan with an option to buy, as previously rumored and reported once more by the French newspaper. More interestingly, the outlet quotes Neymar's current valuation at between €50m and €70m," an amount way below what PSG paid for him in 2017 when the French champions ponied up €222m sent to Barcelona.

Le Parisien speculates that if Neymar decides to leave PSG this summer and a club presents a significant offer, it would be PSG's decision to make. The new PSG coach, Luis Enrique, has not revealed his plans, while Luis Campos has acknowledged the possibility of Neymar's departure as he already wanted him out last summer.

Campos believes that a team should be built around one star, and having two stars, particularly in the same attacking area (Neymar shares the left wing with Kylian Mbappe), may not be ideal.

President Nasser al-Khelaifi, on the other hand, would prefer Neymar to stay in Paris according to information gathered by Le Parisien. Al-Khelaifi must also consider the future, as there is a high risk of losing Kylian Mbappé in a year's time, either through a free transfer or after receiving an exit offer following a contract extension, which would leave PSG empty of superstars known the world over.

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