Barcelona insist Neymar will not be sold this summer

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has cited that Neymar will stay put at the Camp Nou as it is highly unlikely that Paris Saint-Germain will trigger his hefty release clause.


The Brazil international has a £196m escape clause on his present contract, but Bartomeu insists that Les Parisiens would have to break the Financial Fair Play regulations in order to pursue the 25-year-old forward.

He told the Associated Press: "He is not on the market.He has a contract for the coming four years and, of course, we count on him. He's part of our team. He's part of this trident.These clauses are impossible to activate, if you want to comply with the financial fair play. If someone doesn't want to comply, then, of course, it can be activated."

While Bartomeu is confident that Neymar would remain at the club, sources in France appear to suggest differently with the player’s father due to meet up with Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique to finalise a deal.

Les Parisiens boss Unai Emery has recently insisted that the club will look to pursue the best of talents from across the world, and Neymar is apparently leading their shortlist as they look to progress further in the Champions League.

Edinson Cavani bagged 49 goals across all competitions for Paris Saint-Germain last term, but there was not much behind him in terms of the striking department. Apart from Neymar, the Capital outfit also have an eye on Alexis Sanchez, who notched 30 goals for Premier League side Arsenal last term. The Chilean is angling towards a move to rivals Manchester City, but the Gunners would prefer his switch to a club overseas. Les Parisiens are likely to place an offer of £36m to sign Sanchez, who has entered the final year of his contract in north London.

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