Paris St-Germain’s sporting director Leonardo Araujo has revealed that the Brazilian superstar would be allowed to leave should the club receive the right offer for him.
Neymar Jr failed to show up at the club’s pre-season training ground on Monday as planned, fuelling rumours he’s trying to engineer a move back to Spain.
The French League winners quickly issued a scathing statement blasting the former Santos star while promising to take “appropriate actions” against him.
PSG were thought to be unwilling to sell their star striker but in a sharp twist of event, the club’s sporting director has revealed that the Ligue 1 giants are open to offers from serious buyers of the player.
“Neymar can leave PSG, if there is an offer that suits everyone,” Leonardo told Le Parisien. “But to date, we do not know if anyone wants to buy him or at what price. All this is not done in a day, that’s for sure.
“It’s clear to everyone [that Neymar wants to leave], but in football, you say one thing today and tomorrow another. It’s amazing but it’s like that.
“We talked with his entourage too. Everyone knows everything. The position is clear for all participants. But one thing is concrete today: he still has three years of contract with us and since we have not received an offer, we cannot discuss anything.”
He added: “PSG wants to rely on players who want to stay and build something big. We do not need players who would do a favour for the club by staying here.”
Neymar Junior, still recuperating from an injury that ruled him out of Brazil’s victorious campaign at the Copa America, is reportedly unhappy in France and wants to return to Barcelona.
The 27 year-old joined PSG from Barcelona two years ago for 222 million euros and still has three years left on his contract.