Neymar’s future is still unknown. The only certainty is that the footballer is close to finishing the season with Santos, and terminates his contract with the club in 2014.
Aside from that, everything is open to debate. Barça have wanted to sign the Brazilian for the last three years, but the Sao Paulo club have kept improving the terms of his contract, and he currently earns around 12 million euros per year. Meanwhile, the top European clubs have sought to gain ground on the Catalan club will multi-million euro bids that would bedazzle even the richest of clubs.
According to O Globo, Neymar has already signed a document commiting his future to Barcelona after the Confederations Cup comes to an end in June. However, sources at Barcelona consulted by AS deny the existence of said agreement. It appears that the player is close to reaching an agreement, even though one has yet to be finalised, but the situation with regards to Santos is believed to be different to what is being reported in Brazil.
“There is no agreement,” insists the source, who believes that the deal will be finalised in the coming weeks.
But there is one thing that has prevented the head honchos at the Camp Nou to sleep easy: the intensity with which Florentino Pérez is applying pressure to the deal. The Real Madrid president is continuing to press Santos directors and is planning to destroy all competition from other interested clubs (Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain are said to be among them) with an unbeatable offer for the player. However, Barça’s directors are confident that “the boy wants to play for Barcelona”.
The players economic rights are shared between Santos (55%) and two companies, DIS (40%) and Teisa (5%). All three parties want to increase their earnings from his sale but Barcelona do not want to pay more than 30% of Neymar’s 65 million euros buy-out clause, because the his contract expires next year. Barça are believed to have threatened Santos with signing the player on a free transfer next season, meaning Santos would earn no money from the deal.
However, the threat from Madrid is starting to become overwhelming and ‘Los Blancos’ could end up convincing Neymar’s father with a bigger contract than the one the Barcelona is willing to offer.