PSG asks Barça €100m and two players for Neymar
This Thursday's edition of French newspaper L'Equipe reports that PSG's sporting director Leonardo turned down Barcelona's first proposal for Neymar, a season loan with an obligatory purchase option, after their first meetings this week in Paris.
As far as Barça's second option, a player swap and an additional transfer fee, Leonardo seems to be more open to offers, but the club's representative still has an array of conditions. For the deal to go through, Barcelona would have to pay at least 100 million euros so that PSG can still make a last-minute transfer this window.
The Parisian club is looking to get back at least some of the initial investment they made in 2017 when they paid 222 million; the Brazilian's buyout clause. Therefore, a transfer fee and two more players could be the deal-breaker, but not just any two players.
PSG have agreed on Philippe Coutinho (27 years old), Nelson Semedo (25) and Ousmane Dembele (22) as possible bargaining chips, but no Ivan Rakitic (31), as PSG's midfield is already strengthened after the arrivals of Idrissa Gueye and Ander Herrera this summer.
The problem now lies in the fact that Barcelona was not prepared to let all those players go: Coutinho himself is valued at 120 million euros. To that, there is also the added issue of the 100 million euros PSG is requiring, simply because the Catalan club does not have thta kind of spending power after bringing Griezmann for 120 million euros.
Against this backdrop, the talks made no progress this Wednesday and should not progress during the meeting of the executive committee of the Association of European Clubs which is being held this Thursday and Friday in Liverpool. Although PSG president Nasser al-Khelaïfi will be attending the meeting, his Barça counterpart Josep Bartomeu will not.
Meanwhile, Neymar is training separately from the other PSG players because he has his own programme to recover from the injury he has been suffering since June.
According to 'Le Parisien', given his particular situation with the negotiations of his eventual transfer, he is not expected to be called up for PSG's second Ligue 1 match next Sunday in Rennes, nor was he called up last weekend against Reims.