The end of the soap opera? Neymar, the star striker of PSG, would have given up his transfer to FC Barcelona, say Saturday evening L'Equipe and the Spanish press, while the transfer window officially ends Monday.
"The entourage of the PSG striker informed both clubs of his decision to end the current season in Paris," writes L'Equipe on its website.
"Noting the inability to finalize a return to FC Barcelona despite lengthy negotiations, Neymar announced to his family, this Saturday night, his decision to stop the discussions," adds the sports daily.
"The entourage of Neymar admits it is over," said Mundo Deportivo earlier, in Spain.
The "telenovela" Neymar held the football planet in suspense all summer long. Friday night, PSG sports director Leonardo explained that there was "no agreement, it depends on Barcelona," indicating that the only written offer of the Catalans, submitted Tuesday, did not meet the requirements of Paris.
- "Complicated relationship" -
He also pointed to a "complicated" relationship with the Brazilian player in recent weeks. Because "Ney" wanted to leave at all costs. According to the Spanish daily Sport, he even proposed during the negotiations to put his hand in the pocket (20 million euros ...) to leave.
And he has not really tried to maintain good relations with Parisian fans. The 27-year-old striker made a strong statement in mid-July, saying that one of the best memories of his career was Barça's "remountada" against PSG, his current employer ... "When we scored the sixth but I had never felt that before ... it was amazing! "
If it remains, the task will be difficult to regain the trust of fans, creased or even exasperated by what many consider quirks of star.
In early August, during the match against Nîmes, the Parisian Ultras had sent unequivocal and insulting messages to their ex-darling: "Get lost!" and "Son of a bitch".
"Certainly it's a star, but with such a mentality, as do not keep a player like that," said AFP then a member of PSG Fan Club Normandy. "When you see a player like that who does not care about us, who does not come to see us at the end of the game, it frustrates us, it's disrespectful, it does not make us want to like it".
Since his arrival from Barcelona against 222 million euros, the most expensive transfer in history - he has played only 58 games for 51 goals and leaves a great feeling of unfinished in the capital, which failed far from his immense goals. The two Ligue 1 wins are far from forgetting the pitiful eliminations in the 8th of the Champions League, by Real Madrid in 2018 and Manchester United in 2019.
The "Ney" missed both appointments, each time for a serious injury to the right foot and missed the opportunity to write his story with PSG. Unless a new rebound, he has the opportunity to reconnect with the thread, a delicate mission ...
- Navas in sight -
Meanwhile, the PSG is not finished with the transfer window. Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is in the spotlight, while Alphonse Areola will take the opposite route by visiting the Spanish club.
His absence in Metz Friday night left little doubt about his departure. "He did not feel like playing because there are negotiations, I was surprised, but we respected," said Leonardo.
Navas should arrive at the post of N.1, after a year of failed alternation between Gianluigi Buffon (returned to Juventus Turin) and Areola. But it remains to prove to the Costa Rican, who lost his place of titular face Thibaut Courtois after winning three league champions, that he can make his nest at a cursed post in Paris in recent years.
Paris leaders are also looking for a goalkeeper N.2, and it is the name of the doorman of Seville Sergio Rico who returns in the press.
PSG has made Saturday the transfer to Nice of the young defender Stanley Nsoki, 20, for an estimated sum of about 12.5 million euros. Then that of forward Metehan Güçlü (20 years) at Stade Rennais, for a four-year contract.
PSG followed the sales of its club-trained youngsters during this transfer window with Moussa Diaby (EUR 15m at Bayer Leverkusen), Timothy Weah (EUR 10m at Lille), Christopher Nkunku (EUR 13m at RB Leipzig) and Arthur Zagre (EUR 10 million in Monaco).
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