Financial details of how Neymar is pushing through move to Barcelona

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PSG star Neymar

Neymar is ready to cut his salary by €12 million to leave Paris Saint-Germain as part of a “verbal agreement” reached between the Brazilian and Barcelona, according to reports in the Spanish press.

PSG are yet to sanction the sale of their star striker, who they paid a world record €222 million to sign from Barca only two years ago.

But Neymar is reportedly eager to return to Spain and Barcelona are prepared to take him back, with Spanish sports newspaper Diario Sport claiming a five-year contract has been agreed.

The newspaper says the terms include Neymar reducing his salary from around €36 million at PSG to the €24 million he received at Barca in 2017, while also dropping his 26-million euro court case against the Catalan club.

Neymar claims he was due the amount before leaving as a loyalty bonus.

Barcelona sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo has reported Neymar will also have to make a public apology to the club’s fans for the manner of his departure.

The 27-year-old had spent four years at Camp Nou, winning the Champions League in 2015 and two La Liga titles. He had formed a brilliant attacking trio alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Any return for Neymar would likely require Barca to raise funds through sales. Antoine Griezmann is expected to join from Atletico Madrid for €120 million while Frenkie de Jong has already signed for €75 million from Ajax.

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Philippe Coutinho in the dark over Barcelona future

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Philippe Coutinho remains in the dark as to his future with Barcelona.

The former Liverpool midfielder moved to the Nou Camp in January 2018 and though he started well, with eight goals in 18 league appearances in the remainder of that season, his form has tailed off since.

That has led to transfer speculation, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris St Germain among the clubs linked with a move.

Coutinho, who is on international duty with Brazil at the Copa America, said in quotes that appeared in AS: “I have a contract with Barcelona.

“It was always my will to succeed in this club, but now I am totally concentrated here (with Brazil).

“Many things that come out in the media are simply not true but as for my future we do not know what is going to happen, that is the truth.”

Coutinho made 34 appearances but only 22 starts, scoring five goals, as Barca won La Liga last season – though he fared slightly better with three Champions League goals and three in the Copa del Rey.

“Honestly, it wasn’t a good season. It didn’t produce what I wanted, it didn’t go as I hoped,” he added.

“But I hope it serves me as an example, as a lesson so that I want more, concentrate even more to be able to succeed.

“Whether a good or bad season it doesn’t change anything. The desire to win is always the same, or maybe even more so.”

A switch to PSG could see Coutinho move in the opposite direction to international team-mate Neymar, who has been linked with a return to Barca.

Coutinho recently described Neymar as “a player of another dimension”, and added on Tuesday: “The arrival of big names is always good for a squad that wants to win.”

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Samuel Eto'o urges Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah to make Barcelona move

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Mohamed Salah

Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has urged Liverpool star Mohamed Salah to join the Spanish giants.

The Cameroonian – who hit 130 goals for Blaugrana during a trophy-laden five seasons – insists that Salah must test himself in what he believes is the best league in the world.

Eto’o feels Barcelona’s style of play suits the Egyptian and if he has a chance to join the Catalan club over fellow La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid, he should not hesitate.

“Barcelona would be a better fit,” the 38-year-old – who started his career in Europe with Real’s academy – said as reported by the BBC .

“Real gave me the opportunity to leave Africa but I know Barcelona’s style and I think it would be better for him.

“If he has the chance to play in the best league in the world, which is the Spanish one, he has to sign for Barcelona.

“Mo has everything to be one of the best players in the world.”

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