Neymar’s future is up in the air
— Barcelona is worried, very worried, that soccer star Neymar might be headed to Paris-Saint Germain.
The Brazil striker is expected to be at practice on Wednesday, but no one seems to know if he’ll accept a world record transfer or show up for training.
Just in case, Barcelona is making moves to protect $30.7 million US that would be paid to Neymar if he stays in Spain, according to a club official.
The official, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity, said “given doubts concerning the future of the player and while the situation is resolved” the money is being held from Neymar.
“What the club does with the money, it does not know yet, given the uncertainty of the future,” the official told The Associated Press.
The 25-year-old Neymar would be due the money now as per his contract renewal last year. But the amount is tiny compared to the $262 million US that PSG would have to pay to trigger the release clause included in Neymar’s contract.
Neymar is supposed to arrive in Barcelona on Tuesday after some publicity events in China — both personal and for Barcelona. He is scheduled to return to training at Barcelona’s training grounds just outside the city on Wednesday.
There are growing rumours that Neymar, who has had four seasons of winning trophies and scoring spectacular goals at Barcelona, will bolt for PSG.
Part of the gossip surrounding the possible transfer is that Neymar was to meet with doctors in Qatar for a medical. PSG is owned by a Qatari company.
But the Barcelona official said the “club is not aware of any medical exam of the player with PSG.”
Neymar’s father, who acts as his agent and is also named Neymar, arrived in Barcelona on Monday. He was swarmed by journalists at the airport but revealed nothing about his son’s intentions.