Paris Saint-Germain made a bold move this summer transfer window, closing the Neymar Jr. chapter. After many assumed that it was Kylian Mbappé leaving, it turned out to be the Brazilian.
Neymar left PSG after the capital club agreed to sell the 31-year-old to Al-Hilal for €90 million. While the transfer fee is a welcome addition for the Ligue 1 giants, it’s not the only benefit from the sale.
The Athletic reports that the departure of Neymar to Al-Hilal has solved some problems at PSG, the first being economic savings. With the 2015 UEFA Champions League winner off the books, the French club saves €100 million over the remaining four years of his contract.
Neymar’s exit also helped the Parisians repair the relationship with the Mbappé entourage. After the Frenchman did not participate in the first-team during the summer tour and threats of sitting him out the entire 2023-24 season, both parties now appear to be on good terms.
🚨 The departure of Neymar to Al-Hilal has solved some problems at PSG:
■ Saves €100M over the remaining 4 years of his contract. 💰
■ Helps repair the relationship between the Mbappé entourage and the French club. 🤝
■ Allow progress on the Randal Kolo Muani and Bradley… pic.twitter.com/AZWQKtHcvW
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) August 24, 2023
Finally, the sale of the former FC Barcelona star also allows PSG to progress on the Randal Kolo Muani and Bradley Barcola transfer pursuits. Whether they succeed in landing those players remains up in the air.
It was clear that PSG had to move on from Neymar due to his frequent injuries and lack of return on investment, given his high salary. As a result, both parties got what they wanted in this necessary change.