It would appear that the never-ending transfer saga of football may finally have come to an end.
Since Neymar’s departure from Barcelona in 2017, every single year saw rumours of a move back to Camp Nou. This year was no different, with L’Equipe reporting that he had stalled his contract renewal with the Parisians to inquire with the Catalans about a return.
Even though the winger himself confirmed that he would sign a new contract, La Blaugrana reportedly reignited interest in the Brazilian, leading to the 29-year-old allegedly monitoring the situation so as to transfer back to Barcelona.
These rumours are no more. As confirmed by Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar has officially signed a new contract for the Parisians that would see him at the Parc Des Princes till June 2025.
As reported by the ever-reliable Fabrizio Romano, the Brazilian will earn 30 million Euros a season after taxes, and appeasing his Champions League ambitions, will get a massive bonus for success in the European competition.
The winger’s contract was set to expire at the end of the 2021/22 season, and earlier reports suggested that leadership at Barcelona wished for him to see out the end of his contract so they could acquire the Brazilian on a free. Despite allegedly agreeing to a wage cut to return to his earlier club, Neymar publicly expressed his satisfaction at Paris:
“The contract extension is no longer a topic. It’s obvious that I feel at ease and at home here at PSG. I feel much happier than I was before.”
With as huge a contract extension as this, which would see the 29-year-old in Paris till the age of 33, it is incredibly likely that the 4-year transfer saga that turned on its head at the last moment every time may have seen its last iteration this transfer window. There is no doubt over the remarkable history that Neymar enjoyed at the Catalan club, but it is now official that it remains only that: history.