Neymar a prized asset in Barcelona
Neymar a prized asset in Barcelona

Barcelona chief Josep Bartomeu has made it clear Neymar will stay at Camp Nou, he is going nowhere.

Bartomeu insists he will not allow any club to open talks with one of the Catalan’s prized assets.

He is also very much confident that the 24-year-old Brazilian will sign an extension to his current contract, which is set to run out in 2017.

“If someone wants to negotiate with Neymar, we will not give them permission,” he told Globo Esporte.

“Neymar will stay at Barcelona.”

Manchester United are believed to be heavily interested in signing the Brazilian superstar.

According to his father, Old Trafford outfits even agreed to pay Neymar’s 145.6 million pounds release clause earlier this year.

Paris St-Germain have also shown interest, with the player’s agent recently hinting that his client could be tempted by a move to France.

Wagner Ribeiro told L’Equipe: “Neymar has a contract with Barcelona until 2018 and he is feeling very well at Barcelona.

“He is a beloved player there and is part of the best team in the world.

“It is not easy to impose yourself at such a huge club, but the prospect of living in a city like Paris and playing for a club like PSG is a dream for every player too.”

Neymar has been in impressive form this term, scoring 27 goals in 39 matches across all competitions for Barcelona.

Another report from the Sun claim, United have to meet Barcelona’s sensational £130m buyout clause. Tax add-ons would also push the transfer fee up to a world-record £165m.

And Neymar would be given £75m over five years at Old Trafford — raising the total cost of the deal up to an eye-watering £240m.

But United hierarchy believe the signing will pay for itself if the Barcelona striker becomes the face of the club and they, in turn, get the marketing strategy right.

While 23-year-old Neymar is a major figure at the Nou Camp, he will never be the main man as long as Lionel Messi is there.

At Old Trafford, he would certainly be the undisputed king, pulling in an astonishing £300,000-per- week.

There were reports in Brazil last night that claimed United had made a £140m bid for the striker, but there is no confirmation of that.

And there is also a recognition at Manchester United that the move for Neymar could be a long-term project.

But some reports in Spain suggest Neymar is trying to use United’s interest to secure a new lucrative contract at Barcelona.



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