The report by the Spanish media is related to the latest developments taking place in Paris after the breaking news of Kylian Mbappe wanting out of PSG as soon as next January—a report later denied by the own World Cup winner.
One of the reasons Mbappe would want to quit Paris Saint-Germain after having re-signed a new deal with the club last July would be the presence of Neymar on the team and taking on a large role. Nominally, Mbappe would like to play the left-wing/forward hybrid (currently being played by the Brazilian in Christophe Galtier’s system) instead of that of a pure striker.
Diego Torres, writing for El Pais, says that “PSG made Neymar available last summer without landing a single offer other than one from Newcastle United.”
Torres adds that “the English club was the only team in the world willing to pay Neymar up to the €400m PSG still owes Neymar [considering his current and ongoing deal] up to the end of his contract in 2027.”
Neymar, according to Torres, rejected the offer because he considered Newcastle “inhospitable,” although the Brazil international would have entertained the possibility of joining Chelsea, with that club rooted in London. The offer from Chelsea would have paid him “€10m for one season spent with the Blues on loan—only a fourth part of his salary at PSG, with the remaining three parts paid for by Paris Saint-Germain.
While Mbappe’s situation with PSG has cooled down a bit after the player denied all of the rumors kickstarted by Marca at the start of last week, there is still the possibility of Neymar leaving the team if the tensions stay put in Paris between the France international and the club’s board, led by Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
If Neymar ends up joining the Toon Army, only time will tell. If it’s exclusively up to the Geordie Brass, the willingness seems to be there.