Barcelona Transfer News: Blaugrana Respond to Neymar Exit Rumours

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2017

FC Barcelona's Neymar attends a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, Spain, Monday, July 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Barcelona wasted little time responding to fresh rumours linking Neymar with a move away from the Camp Nou on Monday, as technical secretary Robert Fernandez told reporters the Brazilian isn't going anywhere.

Earlier in the day, Sport released a report that said Neymar was "uncomfortable" playing in the shadow of Lionel Messi, and he could be open to a transfer to create his own legacy. Clubs mentioned were Manchester UnitedManchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

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As reported by Goal's Joe Wright, Fernandez gave a press conference later in the day, and he was inevitably asked about the reports. When one reporter asked whether the 25-year-old could leave the club, he said:

"I don't think that's going to happen.

"It's not our intention to lose players, certainly not good players. We try to improve within the confines of what is possible.

"We've not had any offers for any players in our squad."

Neymar has been with Barcelona since 2013, winning two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey titles and one UEFA Champions League.

He's been stuck behind team-mate Messi in the Ballon d'Or voting, however, and per Sport's report, that is one of the reasons why he could contemplate a move.

The club that seems to be linked the most with the Brazilian is Paris Saint-Germain, and per David Amoyal, a translator for Gianluca Di Marzio, their interest is legit:

Any move would be complicated due to Neymar's contract situation, however. Per Samuel Marsden of ESPN FC, he signed a new contract last season, with a new buyout clause that is over €200 million and set to rise as high as €250 million.

According to Di Marzio, Les Parisiens are willing to trigger the full clause, which stands at €222 million, but that would be an absurd fee to pay, with the current transfer record less than half of that.

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Such a fee would give the Catalans a huge budget to add reinforcements, but there may not be a player out there who can replicate what Neymar does.

For the winger, moving to PSG would be a huge step―the Ligue 1 giants have so far failed to break through in Europe and even lost out on the domestic title last year, with AS Monaco emerging as a serious force.

Star players have moved to Ligue 1 in the last few years, and it hasn't been a recipe for success for individual recognition. Leading Les Parisiens to a Champions League title could change that, but it would be an enormous risk compared to staying in Barcelona.