Amid the expected departure of Mauricio Pochettino from Paris Saint-Germain, there is expected to be more than just backroom changes with the club’s hierarchy appearing to lose patience with one of the club’s top names. According to reports from Sky Sports and Spanish outlet AS, PSG have told Neymar to find a new club and is available for just £76 million this summer.
The Brazilian superstar joined the club in 2017 for a staggering world record £198 million but the Parisian club now finally appears to have lost patience with the winger following five years without a Champions League and a downturn in performances from the 30-year-old.
Despite 98 goals in 148 games, the former Barcelona man has become an unpopular figure for the club’s fans and has even been booed in recent months following his side’s Champions League collapse to Real Madrid. He could also be followed out of the club by Sporting Director Leonardo as the club plots an overhaul.
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Club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi will be at the helm of any overhaul and is thought to want Tottenham boss Antonio Conte to replace Pochettino in the dugout next season in Paris. However, the Italian’s reported £13 million Spurs wages could need to be doubled for any move to come to fruition along with a hefty compensation fee to the North London club.
Those around Conte have dismissed the reports and football.london understands there is no official break clause this summer in the former Inter Milan manager’s deal.
Known for his high standards and demanding training methods, it may not be a good fit for Neymar to work alongside Conte, meaning that the potential arrival of the 52-year-old could push the former Barcelona man even closer to the exit door in Paris.
Neymar has two years left on his current deal and has expressed a desire to see out the contract in a recent interview with ESPN Argentina, he said: “I still have a contract with Paris Saint-Germain. I’m here for three more years, so stop [booing] or you’ll need more air.”
If clubs believe that they would be getting the best form out of the Brazilian then a move could be worthwhile for some of the Premier League’s elite, including Chelsea and Arsenal – another possible option could be a move back to Barcelona to play under Xavi.
Source by Football London