Barcelona are working tirelessly to make sure that Neymar is kept under contract for a very long time. However, the latest deal on the table for the Brazilian scoring machine could tie him down for as long as the La Liga giants need.
According to the Daily Mail, Barcelona are offering Neymar a new contract that runs through 2021 that includes a £174 million buyout clause. Nearly every big-spending club in the Premier League, Ligue 1 and La Liga have expressed interest in the 24-year-old striker, but such a fee might make even the liberally-spending Man United balk.
It was recently revealed that Neymar’s current deal only pays £77,000-a-week, a borderline-paltry sum compared to players with similar production.
The world record for a transfer fee is just over £85 million, which Real Madrid paid Tottenham Hotspur for Gareth Bale in 2013.
Neymar was a finalist for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or, ultimately losing to teammate Lionel Messi for the distinction. As of writing he is tied for fourth in La Liga for goals with 24 and is also tied for fourth in assists with 11. During Barcelona’s Champions League campaign he scored three goals and added seven assists.
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