The Neymar Saga won’t be over until an official announcement comes, but we can look at certain statements from important people and draw some conclusions. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke recently about Neymar, and we can draw a conclusion: it seems like the Brazilian could leave.
Bartomeu spoke to media in the United States before Saturday’s El Clásico against Real Madrid in Miami, and he was asked about the Neymar situation. According to the president, the club wants the player to stay, but they have no control over the transfer if Paris Saint-Germain pay the release clause.
If they do decide to pay the clause, though, PSG must be sure about one thing: they have to pay all of it.
“We want Neymar to stay, but there are clauses. If he wants to leave, [PSG] will have to pay his clause, until the last cent. We haven’t talked, but we’ll sit down with him when we go home.”
PSG must pay “until the last cent”. Bartomeu makes it clear that the reports claiming that PSG could negotiate a lower fee are just rumors. Barça won’t sell for less than the €222 million, and that’s a firm stance from Bartomeu. Which is good, because we don’t get that often.
It does seem like El Clásico will be Neymar’s last game, however.