Neymar Next Club Odds: Juventus and Chelsea Lead The Market For The Brazilian
Kylian Mbappe may be staying at Paris Saint-Germain for the foreseeable future, but that does not mean there will be no high-profile exits from the Parc des Princes this summer.
Recent reports suggest Neymar could be on his way out of the French capital, and several betting sites have a market on where he might end up.
On balance, Neymar’s move to PSG has been a disappointment. The club shattered the world-record transfer fee to sign him, splashing out an obscene £198m in 2017.
He was bought to help PSG finally win the Champions League, while the sensational move was intended to give Neymar a better chance of winning the Ballon d’Or.
Five years on and neither has happened. The winger might have four Ligue 1 titles to his name, but that scarcely matters given PSG’s financial dominance of the division.
A report by L’Equipe last month claimed Neymar’s relationship with Mbappe has deteriorated to the point where PSG will consider offers for the former this summer.
Further reports in June suggest new sporting director Luis Campos is set to rip-up the Galácticos-type approach in favour of a more pragmatic approach whilst building a new team around Mbappe.
All of which has alerted several major clubs around Europe, although much will depend on what sort of transfer fee the French champions are looking for. It has been suggested a fee in the region of £76m would do the trick, a hefty £122m loss on their initial investment.
So, where might Neymar be plying his trade at the start of the 2022/23 season? Let’s look at some of the options.
Juventus Enter The Running
If there’s one major club in Europe who love an eye for a bargain, it’s Juventus. They are the kings of the free transfer market but proved their willingness to spend big on the right player with the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018.
Signing Neymar at a cut price would be akin to that, though they may need to invest in the rest of the squad if they’re to harbour any hopes of winning the Champions League even if they were to recruit the Brazilian superstar.
Rumours surrounding Juventus’ supposed interest saw betting apps slash the odds on Neymar joining the Old Lady from 20/1 to just 5/2. That puts them at the front of the queue of clubs, although a stay in Paris still appears more likely (1/7).
Could Neymar Reunite With Thomas Tuchel?
Neymar played some of the best football of his PSG career under Thomas Tuchel, who led the club to the Champions League final in 2020.
The Brazilian was full of praise for his then-manager that season, telling Canal+: “It's a friendship but, at the same time, a huge mutual respect. I respect him as a coach but when we need to talk, we talk.
“I've developed a great affection towards him since the first time we spoke. When you have this great affection for your coach, you give your life on the pitch. For him I will do my best to win.”
Those comments suggest Neymar would be open to working with Tuchel again. It is not yet clear how much money Chelsea have to spend this summer, but Todd Boehly’s takeover is now complete and transfer targets have been identified.
Defensive reinforcements will be the priority with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on the way out.
However, Chelsea could also look to bolster their attack, with football betting sites making them 13/2 runners to sign Neymar.
That said, the Blues have been strongly linked with a move for Raheem Sterling, which seems a more sensible signing, but there's no doubt which arrival would excite Chelsea fans more.
Newcastle Will Struggle To Persuade Neymar To Join
Newcastle’s takeover by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund means we should get used to seeing their name mentioned in relation to high-profile superstars like Neymar, which would have been a fanciful proposition just 12 months ago.
Eddie Howe did a brilliant job of steering the Magpies clear of the relegation zone and into mid-table last season, and the club will now be hoping to challenge for the European spots next term after a few potential additions this summer.
Newcastle would probably be able to afford whatever PSG’s asking price for Neymar is, while they would have little trouble meeting his wage demands.
However, it would be a surprise if the Brazil international agreed to move to St James’ Park – particularly with the 2022 World Cup on the horizon.
Newcastle will probably have to qualify for the Champions League before they can attract players of Neymar’s calibre and that’s why they are at 12/1 with 10Bet.
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Barcelona Have Often Been Linked With Their Former Star
If rumours are to be believed, it did not take long for Neymar to regret his move to PSG.
Within two years he was being heavily linked with a return to Barcelona, who wanted to recreate their ‘MSN’ frontline of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
Javier Bordas, a former vice-president of Barcelona, revealed in 2020 that the club were just €20m away from agreeing a deal with PSG.
With hindsight, the Blaugrana might be pleased the move did not go through: they are already in financial difficulty and their problems might be even worse had they paid in excess of €100m for Neymar three years ago.
There is hope at the Camp Nou that Barcelona will have some cash to splash this summer, as Xavi Hernandez seeks to bolster his squad ahead of a potential La Liga title tilt next term.
UK bookmakers price Barcelona at 12/1 to sign Neymar before the beginning of September.
Real Madrid Will Be Looking To Bounce Back From Mbappe Rejection
Real Madrid have tried to sign Neymar in the past. When the forward was just 13 years old, he had an offer from the Spanish giants after impressing key figures at the club on trial.
In the end, Neymar and his father decided it would be better for the young talent to continue his development at Santos.
Until very recently, Madrid believed they were signing Mbappe this summer. Their failure to do so means Florentino Perez could be on the lookout for another Galactico, and Neymar would certainly fit the bill in terms of profile.
Madrid would also see it as getting one over on Barcelona, with whom the Brazilian previously won two La Liga titles and the Champions League.
Los Blancos are 20/1 with Unibet to land Neymar, which looks like a very attractive price.
Man Utd Outsiders To Sign Neymar
Manchester United (9/1) are considered outsiders to land Neymar, although their odds have shortened slightly since the start of the summer. Old Trafford is still a desirable destination for any major star, regardless of their recent woes.
United will not be in the Champions League next term, but they are expected to compete for a top four spot in the upcoming Premier League campaign.
Landing Neymar would be a statement of intent, although United would only go through with a deal of this magnitude if new manager Erik ten Hag gave his blessing.
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