Paris Saint-Germain have rejected a bid from Barcelona for attacker Neymar, according to ESPN FC.
The proposed offer submitted by the Catalans was for a season-long loan, with an option to buy the forward next summer.
Barca reportedly offered €40m for the loan agreement, and included a future obligation to buy the 27-year-old for a further €150m.
Sources close to ESPN FC report that the offer was rejected by PSG, but it was in fact for €170m – as opposed to €190m – and was for a two-year loan with an option to permanently sign him after each year.
PSG’s owners have been disappointed with Neymar’s attitude this summer, as he has continually tried to engineer away from the French capital, and are now willing to sell him should a club come in with a suitable offer for his services.
ESPN FC report that PSG’s sporting director, Leonardo, is trying to recoup at least €200m of the €222m the French champions spent on him just two years ago.
The situation was further complicated by Philippe Coutinho’s loan move to Bayern Munich earlier this week, as PSG were reportedly interested in a potential part-exchange deal for the Brazil international.
As September’s transfer deadline edges closer and closer, a deal for Neymar is starting to look increasingly more unlikely for Barcelona.
It’s clear that the Catalans cannot afford to match PSG’s valuation of the player this summer, while the Ligue 1 outfit remain uninterested in a loan move for the forward, with ESPN pundit (via the Daily Express) Gab Marcotti believing the superstar will remain in the French capital.
However, keeping a player who does not wish to play for the club could prove more disruptive for the Parisians, who have already got off to a poor start in the league, losing 2-1 to Rennes in their second domestic tie last Sunday.
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