Barcelona to offer Neymar the same salary he had before leaving for PSG

Neymar will have to take a huge pay-cut if he is to force through a sensational return move to former club Barcelona and turn his back on Paris Saint Germain.

The Brazilian is reportedly unhappy in Paris and desperate to secure a switch back to La Liga, despite a lack of collective appetite in Barca to stage a homecoming.

Senior figures Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are believed to be driving the cause to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp, however Barca will only offer the Brazilian exactly the same wages he had before he left the club in the lurch in 2017.

After moving to Paris and becoming the most expensive footballer in the history of the game, Neymar was handed a yearly net salary of €36million (£32m) which represented a huge €14m (£12.5m) increase on what he earned at Barca, as report Mundo Deportivo.

The Catalan publication claim Barca are unwilling to give Neymar any financial incentive to join, and would bring him back on board with his previous earnings.

It is also claimed that many board members are not in favour of the player’s potential U-turn, and would ask for an apology to be issues to the club’s loyal fanbase for walking out two summer’s ago.

Neymar remains close friends with Messi and Suarez, who he formed a deadly forward line trident with during his time at the Nou Camp.

The three south Americans remain in regular contact via a private Whatsapp group, and are claimed to have spoken about Neymar pulling on the Barca shirt once again.

PSG are keen to keep hold of their prized asset, and are understood to have made clear to Neymar he is not available at any price.

The wealthy Qataris who own the French champions do not need the money and they will find it hard to replace the commercial value of one of the world’s most recognisable footballers.

Spanish outlet Sport claimed on recently that Neymar has told the French club that he won’t play for them again and that the player started to regret his decision to join them just weeks after the transfer was completed.

They say clashes with Edinson Cavani (over penalties) as well as disagreements with the club’s doctors and president Nasser Al-Khelaifi have contributed to Neymar’s unhappiness at the Parc des Princes.

Barca have also been linked with the possibility of offering Philippe Coutinho to PSG as part of a potential deal, following the former Liverpool man’s failure to dazzle in Catalonia.

Coutinho has previously stated he wishes to fight for his career at Barcelona, though is also said to have told his representatives not to consider a move to Manchester United out of respect for Liverpool.

PSG will be losing one Brazilian this summer however, after veteran full-back Dani Alves announced he will be leaving the club.

The announcement, made on his Instagram account, came just hours after the 36-year-old captained Brazil to a 5-0 thumping of Peru at the Copa America, a match in which he also found the net.

Alves joined PSG in the summer of 2017 following spells with Sevilla, Barcelona and Juventus in European football.