Neymar is already looking for PSG exit and both Manchester clubs should be excited

According to reports in Marca, Paris Saint-Germain have been made aware of Neymar’s desire to leave the club despite the Brazilian only arriving at the club last summer.

What’s the story?

Paris St-Germain signed Brazil forward Neymar for a world record fee of 222m euros (£200m) from Barcelona in August 2017.

The gifted winger signed a contract with the club worth 45m euros (£40.7m) a year – 865,000 euros (£782,000) a week – before tax from the initial five-year deal, a total outlay of £400m.

At the time the 26-year-old said he had joined “one of the most ambitious clubs in Europe”.

“Paris St-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings,” he added.

“I feel ready to take the challenge. From today, I will do everything I can to help my new team-mates.”

Fast forward to the present and Neymar has reportedly asked to sit down with PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi to negotiate his exit.

Why does he want to leave?

Already the ex-Barca man reportedly regrets making the move to Ligue 1 with the Brazilian struggling to adapt to the PSG dressing room.

Neymar is said to have a poor relationship with Argentine core of the team, Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore, while his relationship with strike partner Edison Cavani is said to be equally tense.

Where could he go?

While most teams in world football would love to have Neymar in their squads, the sheer cost of any possible deal with PSG limits the Brazilian’s options to a handful of clubs.

A return to Barcelona doesn’t seem likely with outgoing icon, Andreas Iniesta, recently stating it would be “weird to see him back at Barca.”

Don Balon has previously linked Neymar with moves to both of the Manchester teams with both sides equipped with the financial means needed to pull off the deal.

Even so, Real Madrid appears to be Neymar’s preference.

During the Ballon d’Or gala held in Paris on December 7, 2017, Neymar reportedly expressed his desire to sign for the 12 times European champions even if it meant forcing an exit from PSG.

Analysis

Should Los Blancos convince the PSG hierarchy to sell their prized asset the transfer fee would be in excess of 250 million euros, a slight increase on what the French champions paid to prise the forward away from the Camp Nou.

Real Madrid are the most likely to complete any deal for Neymar Jr. with the club looking to appease their expectant fanbase with a marquee signing after surrendering their title challenge to arch-rivals Barcelona.

However, Los Blancos officials are reportedly wary of Man City complicating any deal because of their financial power and the draw of enigmatic manager, Pep Guardiola, who Neymar has previously admitting his desire to play under.