Sources: Luis Enrique has told Neymar, Verratti, three others that they will be sold

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According to RMC Sport and confirmed by L'Equipe on Thursday, Luis Enrique and Luis Campos have communicated to five players (Neymar, Verratti, Ekitike, Bernat, and Renato Sanches) that they won't be part of the team this season and they will be sold through August.

This decision aligns with PSG's new approach, where players not fully committed to the club will find themselves headed for the exit. It also marks a new era envisioned by Qatar for PSG, one led by French youngsters instead of diva superstars such as Neymar and Mbappe.

However, things might not be easy for PSG when it comes to getting rid of such egocentric players through the ongoing transfer window.

Despite Neymar's desire to leave, he isn't willing to compromise his chances at featuring for Brazil in the 2026 World Cup by moving to a lesser league such as the Sadui Pro League, nor is he planning on lowering his salary.

That means that Neymar only has two "semi-realistic" options in moving to Barcelona or Chelsea. Barcelona looks hardly an option, though, considering their financial struggles. Chelsea could afford the move economically, but they are not part of the upcoming Champions League nor any other European competition for that matter.

Neymar has the possibility to join Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia and triple his salary, but this option currently is not of Neymar's interest, although the Saudi club has entered talks with his entourage to at least discuss the possibility.

Verratti, on the other hand, has shown interest in a move to the same Saudi Arabian club, although in his case PSG rejected transfer offers of €30m and lastly €45m,. It's been reported that PSG are demanding at least €60m for the sale of the Italy international.

Two other lower-profile players that were informed that they are not part of Luis Enrique's plans for the 2023/24 season are Hugo Ekitike and Renato Sanches.

There have been rumors about the two of them being sent to Eintratch Frankfurt as part of the Randal Kolo Muani deal, although the two PSG players have already attracted attention from across Europe on an individual basis.

Ekitike is leaning toward a move to Lens of the French Ligue 1 but he has also been offered a contract by Everton of the English Premier League, which PSG might favor because of the higher fee the British side might submit for the young striker.

Renato Sanches has been linked with a move to Serie A side AS Roma for a few weeks now and he seems to fit Jose Mourinho's plans. However, Roma wants a loan with an optional buyout clause attached to it while PSG are only willing to loan the player if such a deal includes a must-buy clause to be executed on June 2024.

For now, the only thing clear is that Neymar, Verratti, Ekitike, Sanches, and Spain international Juan Bernat will remain training with the "loft" group of players expected to be sold through August, along with France world champion Kylian Mbappe.

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