Speaking in a interview with L’Équipe, Neymar’s agent Wagner Ribeiro confirmed that his client could be interested in a move from Barcelona to PSG.
PSG are said to have a plan to sign Neymar this summer. Can you confirm that?
What I can confirm to you, is that Neymar has a contract with Barca until 2018. He is loved over there and he is playing for the best team in the world. It does not mean nothing to play for such an enormous club. But being able to live in a city like Paris and to play for a club like PSG, that is also a dream for every player. We will see between now and in two years time, when he will be out of contract.
What does that mean? Not today, but maybe tomorrow?
It means that if PSG show an interest for Neymar, we can discuss it. He could also be released from his contract should his release clause be paid.
How much is it?
Enormous! 193 million Euros! But I do not think that it will pose an insurmountable problem for PSG.
So you have discussed a possible transfer?
I get on well with Olivier (Letang – PSG Sporting Director), with Nasser (Al Khelaifi – PSG President) too. But, for the moment, we have not discussed all that. We are at the heart of the season, the Champions League is coming, and PSG still have something to play for. It is therefore certainly not the moment. The priority is the Champions League. We will discuss at the end of the season.
Does Neymar know Paris? Could he see himself living there?
He has already played at the Parc des Princes, at the Stade de France too. He loves Paris, it is a magnificent town… And then, he has a good guide in the form of Lucas. At the time, Lucas had a better offer from Manchester United. PSG was less strong, but the city made the difference. Lucas is putting pressure on us for Neymar to join him. He does not stop saying: “Come to play in Paris, we will enjoy ourselves.” They know each other since they were little. They played together for the Brazil U17s.
What will he do this summer? Play in the Copa America or in the Olympics?
In both! He will take some days off between competitions. The Olympic Games are the most important, he wants to win the gold medal, which would be unchartered territory for the Brazilian national team. We will negotiate with Barca, who have asked him to choose between the two competitions. But Neymar has decided, he wants to play in both of them.