PSG offered Neymar over $44m annual salary, says agent


Paris,Sep 14: Brazilian football superstar Neymar’s agent has revealed that Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) offered the FC Barcelona forward a contract with a whopping 40 million euros ($44.8 million).

The agent explained that Al-Khelaifi tried to lure the Brazilian star through offering him a private jet to travel to join his national team, in addition to receiving a percentage of profits of an under-construction hotel series, apart from around $850,000 salary per week.

Ribeiro indicated that another meeting was held in Sao Paulo, where the French club’s management promised to pay the 190 million euros ($213.2 million) buy-out clause of Neymar’s contract with the Catalan club, in addition to a net annual salary of 40 million euros for five seasons.

“We held two hours of talks and Neymar was impressed. Nasser told him they had no tax issues and he would be the team’s main man, which is not the case at Barcelona,” Ribeiro said.

But the former Santos star, who joined the Catalan powerhouse in 2013, instead signed a new five-year deal with Barcelona.
Ribeiro added that Neymar, 24, turned down the offer and prefers to stay at Barcelona, as the Brazilian player has extended his contract with the La Liga giants until 2021.

Neymar’s new contract contains a buy-out clause of 170 million pounds (around $224 million) in the first year, which rises to 189 million pounds (around $250 million) in the second and then 212 million pounds (around $280 million) for the final three.


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