In what will surely be a devastating blow to the Spanish press, FC Barcelona manager Quique Setién has ruled out his club spending the kind of money it would take to sign Neymar Jr. from Paris Saint-Germain.
“€222 million for him? No. I don’t think there is anyone who can spend that much,” Setién told Gazzetta dello Sport (via Goal).
The €222 million figure the Barcelona boss referenced is the amount PSG had to pay in order to get Neymar out of his contract with the Catalan club in 2017.
Setién and Barcelona defenders will blame the coronavirus for their poor financial situation, and that is true to an extent, but the club couldn’t afford Neymar last season when the Brazil international pushed for a transfer back to La Liga. The pandemic has only exacerbated the issue.
With very few clubs able to pay the €150 million that PSG would demand for Neymar when the transfer window opens, it’s becoming more likely that the 28-year-old winger will remain in the French capital with a lucrative contract extension already being planned.
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