Neymar ‘200 per cent’ staying at Barcelona

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Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre insists Neymar will be staying at the club, despite Paris Saint-Germain’s interest in the Brazil international.

Sky sources understand PSG have held talks with Barca about signing the 25-year-old but the La Liga giants are determined to keep one of their most important players.

When asked during a press conference on Tuesday whether Neymar would remain at Barcelona next season, Mestre replied: “200 per cent”.

Spanish reports have suggested PSG are looking to entice the Brazil international to the Parc des Princes after snapping up Neymar’s international team-mate Dani Alves on a free transfer.

Neymar in action for Brazil against Uruguay
Neymar in action for Brazil against Uruguay

“PSG want to finalise the signing of Neymar this summer”, wrote Catalan daily Sport.

Meanwhile, the Madrid-based AS newspaper led with the headline, “Neymar flirts with PSG”.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates with Neymar
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates with Neymar

According to Marca, PSG would be willing to pay the €222m (£196.69m) required to trigger Neymar’s release clause and would offer him a five-year deal worth at least €30m a season.

However, a report in French sports daily L’Equipe quoted a PSG club source saying: “We’re not going to repeat the Neymar show, there is a huge release clause and you have to be realistic.”

PSG have previously been linked with Neymar only for the striker to sign a new five-year deal with Barca last October.

However, Sport wrote: “In the background of Neymar’s annoyance there’s always a concern, which has to do with his role in the team and his wish to become a leader.”

“But you have to be aware that there are no shortcuts to leadership and it is something that is earned slowly, naturally and progressively,” it added.