Barcelona 'doubts' Neymar's future
Barcelona is worried, very worried, that Neymar might be headed to Paris-Saint Germain.
The Brazil striker is expected to be at practice today, but no one seems to know if he'll accept a world record transfer or show up for training. Just in case, Barcelona is making moves to protect 26 million euros ($30.7 million) that would be paid to Neymar if he stays in Spain, according to a club official.
The official, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity, said "given doubts concerning the future of the player and while the situation is resolved" the money is being held from Neymar.
"What the club does with the money, it does not know yet, given the uncertainty of the future," the official told The Associated Press.
The 25-year-old Neymar would be due the money now as per his contract renewal last year. But the amount is tiny compared to the 222 million euros ($262 million) that PSG would have to pay to trigger the release clause included in Neymar's contract.
Neymar is scheduled to return to training at Barcelona's training grounds just outside the city today.
There are growing rumours that Neymar, who has had four seasons of winning trophies and scoring spectacular goals at Barcelona, will bolt for PSG.
Part of the gossip surrounding the possible transfer is that Neymar was to meet with doctors in Qatar for a medical. PSG is owned by a Qatari company.
If PSG does sign Neymar, the cost of the transfer would more than double the 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid a year ago for France midfielder Paul Pogba.
PSG starts its season on Saturday, while Barcelona has until August. 13