While Neymar’s return to FC Barcelona is still being mentioned this summer, the PSG superstar is also drawing significant interest from Saudi Arabian clubs.
The 31-year-old forward appears to be leaving Paris this summer in some capacity, and a transfer back to Barça has been heavily suggested, with club president Joan Laporta reportedly being a huge supporter of the idea.
However, Laporta intends to contact with manager Xavi Hernandez and persuade him to change his mind regarding the transfer.
But in addition to Xavi’s worries, Barcelona may also have to cope with Saudi Arabia’s interest.
Al Hilal want to begin talks with Neymar.
Indeed, according to Santi Aouna of Foot Mercato, Neymar’s market value is €60 million, and Saudi Arabian powerhouses Al Hilal are interested in buying him.
They also intend to send a delegation to start talks with the Brazilian’s father and agency in order to start the process.
PSG, on the other hand, would be willing to approve his transfer if a strong bid were to come in. As for Al Hilal, they have already made some significant acquisitions this summer, including the signings of Malcom, Ruben Neves, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, and Kalidou Koulibaly.
As a result, Barcelona may have concerns about Al Hilal’s plan to send a delegation to begin negotiations with Neymar’s father.
Neymar via Saudi Arabia to Barça?
Alternately, it might turn out to be a blessing, as new rumours claim that Pini Zahavi is putting the finishing touches on a deal that would see Neymar leave PSG for a club in Saudi Arabia before spending a season on loan at Barcelona.
Although it would be a very difficult procedure to carry out, the potential is being looked at.
Neymar’s readiness to relocate to Saudi Arabia and whether Al-Hilal would be amenable to such an operation will determine the course this narrative takes. Such a deal may be beneficial at Barça since they would not have to pay Neymar’s complete salary.