Neymar attracting interest from Saudi Arabia as Xavi rejects Barcelona return

The 31-year-old has two years remaining on his Paris Saint-Germain contract, with the Ligue 1 giants having the option to extend by a further 12 months.

But the flamboyant Brazilian has been targeted by a section of PSG supporters who are disgruntled with his on-field performances and there were by ultras demanding he leave the club this summer.

Newcastle’s owners, PIF, were exploring the possibility of taking Neymar to Tyneside – a potential first blockbuster signing in the North East as they build on the success of qualifying for next season’s Champions League – and it’s believed that he would prefer to remain in Europe if he leaves PSG.

However, sources have confirmed to 90min that talks have been held with Neymar’s representatives by a delegation representing the Saudi Pro League, who are interested in making him the next marquee arrival in the Middle East.

“I really like Ney as a friend, but we have different priorities.”

Neymar previously spent four trophy-laden seasons at Camp Nou between 2013 and 2017, winning a famous treble in 2015, before making a world record €222m move to PSG. He has won a catalogue of Ligue 1 titles in the French capital, but has been unable to help PSG win a maiden Champions League crown despite playing alongside Messi and Kylian Mbappe for the last two seasons.

Much of Neymar’s time in Paris has actually been spent on the sidelines injured, with various ailments limiting him to just 112 Ligue 1 appearances in six full seasons at the club.

Manchester United and Chelsea are also being kept informed over Neymar’s situation, 90min can confirm, with PSG willing to sanction an exit this summer should they receive an offer in the region of £75m.

Source; 90mins

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