How PSG seduced and nearly signed Neymar in the 2016 summer transfer

neymar jrIt was revealed by Wag­n­er Ribeiro how Paris Saint Ger­main very near­ly signed Ney­mar in the 2016 sum­mer trans­fer. The pres­i­dent of the French club Nass­er Al-Khe­laif trav­eled to Ibiza on June 1 to nego­ti­ate and talk with the play­er and his father. Soon after the com­mer­cial engage­ment Ney had with Nike, he trav­eled to his home coun­try to spend the rest of the break. It was also revealed that Nass­er Al-Khe­laif trav­eled to Brazil to nego­ti­ate with Ney­mar and his father.

Accord­ing to Wag­n­er Ribeiro in an inter­view with ESPN Brazil, the meet­ing in Brazil took place in Sao Paulo where the French club offered to pay 190 mil­lion euros for his release clause and 40 mil­lion euros for his salary annu­al­ly for five sea­sons. The famous foot­ball agent claim he was the per­son who ini­ti­at­ed the two meet­ings and was present dur­ing in the dis­cus­sion.

It was me who brought Nass­er Al-Khe­laif to Brazil in Sao Paulo, before then I also con­vinced Ney­mar to sign for Paris Saint Ger­main. What I told Ney­mar was the offer from PSG was the best any play­er on earth could get and that if he signs for the French side, he will become the high­est paid play­er in the world. Ney stayed in Barcelona because he want­ed to, not because of the mon­ey or deal Bar­ca offered him dur­ing his con­tract renew­al,” said Ribeiro.

He added “I real­ly want­ed him to move but he decid­ed to remain in Bar­ca. I think he’s hap­py stay­ing in the club as well as the city. Although his father was keen on Ney­mar remain­ing in Barcelona. The pres­i­dent had assured Ney­mar that he would be the no. 1 man in his club which he’s still strug­gling to be one in the midst of Mes­si and Suarez in Barcelona.”

In the first meet­ing that took place in Ibizar, Ney­mar sound­ed pos­i­tive to the Pres­i­dent of the French club. Nass­er Al-Khe­laif had made avail­able a lux­u­ry pri­vate jet that Ney­mar would fly with to Brazil. He also made avail­able sev­er­al 5 star hotel which would wel­come the Brazil­ian and accom­mo­date the Brazil­ian until his stay in Sao Paulo.

But the two meet­ings I arranged, we didn’t inform FC Barcelona. And of course, Bar­ca was very aware of it. A source close to the club heard and informed them. He even went as far as giv­ing them proof in real pic­tures.

The Brazil­ian agent stressed that Paris Saint Ger­main was the clos­est to sign­ing the Brazil­ian attack­er because their pres­i­dent spoke direct­ly to the play­er unlike pres­i­dent of Real Madrid or own­er of Man­ches­ter Unit­ed who com­mu­ni­cat­ed through agents.

 

 

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