Is Neymar thinking about leaving PSG next summer?

Neymar, PSG
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According to reports from Brazilian media outlet UOL, Neymar is reportedly eager for a change of scenery and wants to leave PSG, even though he is under contract with the club until June 2027 having triggered an automatic extension as recently as last season.

This news comes as no surprise, though, as PSG have been trying to offload the Brazilian for a while now. Last summer, the club attempted to sell him, but they were unsuccessful.

Before suffering a season-ending injury a few months ago after the World Cup, Neymar's performances during the current campaign didn't move the needle in any positive way to convince PSG to retain him, either, so it's believed that Paris Saint-Germain would still prefer to move on from the South American forward.

It seems that Neymar has had a change of heart, as he previously refused to leave PSG during the previous summer transfer window, loved the team and his situation, and wanted to fulfill his deal with Paris Saint-Germain.

However, the latest reports point toward Neymar now wanting "a fresh start" and being willing "to leave the club during the upcoming transfer window," which will be the first time he has expressed a desire to move since his 2019 attempt to return to Barcelona.

It's worth noting that Neymar has extended his contract with PSG several times since 2019, although the club now would rather part ways with him due to his high and ever-increasing wage, which amount to approximately €50m annually when factoring in his salary and different bonuses.

The report from UOL suggests that the English market may be the most likely destination for Neymar in the event of a sale, with clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United, and even Newcastle United being linked to the player in recent months.

Despite this, it's unlikely that PSG will receive anywhere near the €222m fee they paid for the Brazilian in 2017, which might also end up with Paris Saint-Germain loaning the forward out for a year to avoid paying him his hefty salary while he boosts his value elsewhere.

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Good for everybody, we're just a month away from the season's end and just a little under two months from the summer transfer market opening, when everything will get much more clearer.