Neymar willing to take huge pay cut for return to Barca

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 26 Jun 2019

Neymar is ready to cut his salary by 12 million euros (HK$106.6 million) to leave Paris Saint-Germain as part of a "verbal agreement" reached between the Brazilian and Barcelona, according to Spanish press reports.

PSG are yet to sanction the sale of their star striker, who they paid a world-record 222 million euros to sign from Barca only two years ago.

But Neymar, 27, is reportedly eager to return to Spain and Barca are prepared to take him back, with Spanish sports newspaper Diario Sport claiming a five-year contract has been agreed. The terms include Neymar cutting his salary from about 36 million euros at PSG to the 24 million euros he received at Barca in 2017, while also dropping his 26-million euro court case against the Catalan club.

Newspaper Mundo Deportivo reported Neymar will also have to publicly apologize to the club's fans for the manner of his departure. He had spent four years at Nou Camp, winning the Champions League in 2015 and two La Liga titles, after forming an attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

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