The Brazil superstar has endured a hugely frustrating season with PSG, culminating in injury and an allegation of sexual assault that he strenuously denies.
To make matters worse, the 27-year-old has been ruled out of the entirety of the Copa America after sustaining an ankle injury in a warm-up versus Qatar.
PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi has recently criticised unnamed players for their ‘celebrity behaviour’ in the French capital, and the remarks were almost certainly aimed at Neymar.
Now ESPN FC claim the Ligue 1 juggernauts are ‘open’ to selling their maverick, with a return to Barca or moves to Madrid and Manchester all possibilities.
It is unclear whether Barcelona or Real have the required funds – given their expenditure and pursuits of other players so far this summer – while United are foundering with no Champions League football next season.
Lionel Messi, however, recently made it clear that he would welcome Neymar back to Camp Nou with open arms to rekindle the ‘MSN’ connection.
“He’s a phenomenon, we keep in touch and still talk, in fact we have a Whatsapp group, him, Luis Suarez and me, it’s called ‘The three South Americans’ or something like that,” Messi said ahead of the Copa America.
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Jonathan Barnett told Sky Sports “obviously, Gareth’s situation at Real hasn’t improved,” in comments carried by the Daily Mirror.
And he acknowledged the Welshman and former Tottenham forward “could fit” in as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revitalisation of Manchester United.
“I think he could do very well – he is still one of the best players in the world, but it is very unlikely,” Barnett said.
Joachim Andersen‘s asking price of £31.2million was too high for Arsenal, but the Gunners’ loss may be Tottenham’s gain.
The Sampdoria defender is viewed as a replacement for the Spurs’ Toby Alderweireld, according to the Daily Star.
But the Danish 23-year-old is also reportedly being considered by Serie A clubs AC Milan, Juventus and Napoli.
Liverpool are believed to be interested in England goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who is on the outer at Southampton.
The 30-year-old was player of the season for the Saints in 2017-18, but lost his starting spot to Angus Gunn in 2019.
The Reds will soon allow Simon Mignolet to leave and manager Jurgen Klopp is searching for a back-up custodian, the Evening Standard reports.
Norwegian teenager Oscar Bobb is about to be offered a contract by Manchester City, the Daily Mail says.
The 15-year-old gained prominence at Lyn Oslo before his move to Portugal’s Porto was blocked, leading him to return to Norway to his current home at Valerenga.
City first began talks with the midfielder in 2018.
Struggling to pick out the facts from the figures? Reality from the rubbish? Sense from the silly season? We’ve got you sorted in our daily dose of the Transfer Predictor, where we round up the latest rumours with an analytical spin.
We sort through the most eye-catching transfer reports of the past 24 hours and give a balanced judgment on whether the move really will happen – and why.
Real Madrid -> Part-exchange -> Paris Saint-Germain
The Ligue 1 champions are demanding the inclusion of the Brazil anchorman in any deal that takes Neymar to Santiago Bernabeu, according to MARCA.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: PSG have been, glaringly, without a world-class defensive midfielder since Thiago Motta retired at the end of 2017/18. There are few better potential successors than countryman Casemiro. Los Blancos have already landed several superb buys this summer, but Neymar would top them all. Losing Casemiro in part-exchange could be a price they are willing to pay. Especially, if they also land Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Casemiro grew into an essential component of the side under Zinedine Zidane that won three-successive Champions Leagues. Someone will be required to do the leg work in a new midfield and there is no better candidate than the resident Brazilian. Also, part-exchange deals – especially as this rarefied level – rarely go through. There is also the looming interest of Clasico rivals Barcelona in becoming reacquainted with Neymar.
Transfer predictor: 3/10
Napoli -> €25m -> Manchester United
The Red Devils’ pursuit of a new right-back has seen them enquire about the Albania international’s availability, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: A transfer churn is expected at Stadio San Paolo this summer as they try and cut the gap to runaway champions Juventus. To fund aspirational moves for Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez – more on him later – and Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas, sales are required. Hysaj is reported to want a new challenge, plus grew frustrated last term when rotating with Kevin Malcuit. The ex-Empoli defender’s ability to play on both flanks and cheaper price tag than Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka could see him land at Old Trafford.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Wan-Bissaka is a name that won’t go away for United. The 21-year-old is clearly their priority acquisition. Then there is also the fact that Hysaj is rumoured to have attracted the interest of Atletico Madrid. Playing in the Champions League under Diego Simeone has its own attractions.
Transfer predictor: 5/10
Real Madrid -> Loan -> Napoli
A €10 million gap stands between the clubs as they close on a loan agreement to take the Colombia conductor to Serie A, according to Corriere dello Sport.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: Desire from all three parties – clubs and player – to get this deal done is apparent. This difference between them about the permanent valuation should not be sizeable enough to derail the whole operation. The 27-year-old will want to be the major cog in a side once again, after falling from grace at Madrid and Bayern Munich. Napoli offer him that platform.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Presidents Florentino Perez and Aurelio De Laurentiis are both tough negotiators, plus are used to getting their own way. Madrid want a €40m permanent clause, while Napoli are only prepared to spend €30m. Further negotiations will be required to reach a figure both sides find acceptable.
Transfer predictor: 7/10