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Barcelona and Neymar have agreement in principle - report

Barcelona and Neymar have agreement in principle - report

STEPHANE MAHE

REUTERS

PSG's Brazilian star has been heavily linked with a return to the Catalan giants and reports in the region state the details of a deal already made.

An exclusive claim was made on the front cover of Tuesday's Sport newspaper: Neymar and FC Barcelona already have an agreement in principle for the player to return to the Camp Nou from Paris Saint-Germain this summer. And they had some meat to add to the headline bones.

Main points:

  1. - Five year deal taking Neymar to 32 years old
  2. - Neymar to take huge drop in salary
  3. - Neymar to drop legal case against Barcelona
  4. - Real Madrid only potential Plan B

Neymar and Barça agree five years

The report states that the deal between the Brazilian and the Spanish champions is for five seasons and, to allow it to happen, Neymar will take a significant drop in salary, from 36.8 million euros per season (second highest in world football) to 24 million, as was his contract before leaving. Sport journalist Albert Masnou also claims that due to Neymar's desire to return, he did not even try to negotiate the amount, clear that Barça president Josep Maria Bartomeu was at his upper limit. He also removed his legal case against the club owing him money.

Now all that is left to do, the paper says, is for the clubs to come to an agreement on an appropriate transfer fee for the player. As previously reported by Le Parisien, the Ligue 1 side are looking to make a profit on the man they plucked away from Barça, and are demanding 300 million euros. Although in simple terms this is likely a price too high to pay, other conditions - for example including players in part exchange - could allow the two football powerhouses to find a satisfactory middle ground. If not, Sport confirm, Real Madrid would be the only other option potentially available to him.

Portada de Sport de hoy, 25 de mayo.

For Neymar's part, money has been put as a lesser priority than achieving greatness, following a period in France that did little for his reputation. If this move becomes a reality, he will have a chance to restore his name as one of football's very best.