Paris Saint-Germain have accepted an offer of €90 million ($98.5 million) for their forward Neymar from Saudi giants Al-Hilal according to UOL Esporte in Brazil.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano broke the news that Al-Hilal had made a “huge” offer to the world’s most expensive player, who has harbored hopes of returning to former club FC Barcelona this summer.
The player’s father flew to the Middle East to negotiate according to ESPN Brasil. And later that day, L’Equipe reported that Neymar had agreed a two-year deal with the Saudi Pro League outfit overseen by the government-backed Public Investment Fund which also owns Premier
The French sports publication revealed that Neymar will be paid €80 million ($88 million) a season by Al-Hilal, though Relevo‘s Matteo Moretto had the figure at €100 million ($110 million) which will put the 31-year-old in line to top Forbes’ list of The World’s Highest Paid Athletes next time around when taking into account his off-field earnings too.
In 2023, the list was topped by Cristiano Ronaldo now plying his trade at Al-Hilal’s rivals Al-Nassr.
When revealing that PSG had accepted Al-Hilal’s offer, UOL also stated that Neymar will receive the same €100 million a term sum for two seasons which is worth more than double the $50 million he currently takes home on-field at the Parc des Princes according to Forbes.
The sale by PSG – who paid €222 million ($243 million) for Neymar by activating his Barca release clause in 2017 – was agreed at the Paris offices of the Public Investment Fund explained UOL journalist Bruno Andrade.
Furthermore, as reported by domestically famous Brazilian journalist Benjamin Back, the Santos academy product will undergo his medical in the French capital he has called home for six years yet appears to bid “bon voyage” to.
As in Paris, Neymar will reportedly wear the number 10 shirt for Al-Hilal with his increasingly likely exit a factor in Kylian Mbappe possibly renewing at PSG after all.
Romano wrote on Twitter on Sunday that there is “no chance” of Neymar being loaned to Barca for a season by Al-Hilal, which seems unlikely anyway given the expected length of his contract.
Over at Mundo Deportivo, however, the Catalan newspaper is still selling hope to Culers that Neymar could commit to Al-Hilal for four seasons making the leftfield operation possible.
An expert on Portuguese football based in Lisbon, Andrade expects Neymar’s transfer to “pave the way” for Joao Felix to join the Blaugrana.
Ultimately, however, head coach Xavi Hernandez needs to be convinced by known Felix fan and president Joan Laporta that the Atletico Madrid attacker will serve his sporting project well.