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Since signing in 2017, Neymar has played his club football in France with Paris Saint-Germain, who have dominated the league during that period. However, according to Brazilian outfit UOL, the Brazilian now wishes to leave the club, presenting the rather big question of where will Neymar move to next?
The Brazilian international still has two-years remaining on his current contract with PSG, so Neymar is going to need a club to stump up a significant fee to prize him out of the club. Or is he? UOL also reported that the Ligue 1 side would be willing to take a reduced price to get the player off the books, and with the club open to selling this deal may not appear so complicated.
The one obvious complication however is ultimately finding a club who would be willing to take Neymar on. At 31, it could be argued his best years are behind him, so Neymar may not necessarily get the club or contract length he wants if he is indeed to remain with a top European club. There are of course other avenues outside of Europe players can take these days.
Clubs have been touted with signing Neymar, but he has already indicated a preference for one particular league. So, we looked towards the betting odds to see if that could provide us with a clue or two regards to where Neymar might play for next. Let’s take a look at them now!
Neymar next club: Manchester United – 11/4
The clear favourites at this moment in time are Manchester United. There are many reasons for believing this would be a good move for both club and player. Whilst it wouldn’t necessarily be a long-term solution for the Premier League side, but clearly Neymar would bring a degree of ‘X-Factor’ type qualities with him. He adds star quality in attack and no opposing right back would relish facing him.
Man Utd have been no strangers to signing big-name players in the shape of Neymar, and they are considering a bid. With the club now back in the UEFA Champions League and also hoping to close the gap to big rivals Manchester City, this kind of statement signing would open eyes across the globe. Neymar is a world superstar on the footballing scene, but you do wonder if Erik ten Hag really, really needs him.
If the Brazilian makes the switch to Old Trafford, then check out here who will likely debut would come against, and all the key fixtures for the Red Devils in 2023-24.
Neymar next club: Chelsea – 8/1
Another club in the Premier League that has been associated with signing footballing superstars is Chelsea, and with Mauricio Pochettino now in charge, could he look to bring in a household name to show the rest of the league they mean business. Many players have and will continue to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, and Poch will need to bring in some of his own players.
Pochettino is used t0 managing big-name players from his time at PSG, which is where Neymar played under the Argentinian. The fact the club won’t be in Europe next season could be off-putting to the Brazilian, who would surely demand to play at a regular in this competition. Chelsea surely won’t be as bad next season as they were last, and adding Neymar would excite supporters at least.
If Neymar is to sign for Chelsea, then check out the key fixtures ahead of the new Premier League season, including where Neymar could potentially make his debut.
Neymar next club: Barcelona – 8/1
It was at Barcelona where Neymar really made a name for himself on the European stage. Whilst he was made in Santos, he grew with Barcelona into the player he became. The club had tried to bring Lionel Messi back to the club and proved unsuccessful, but bringing back Neymar would be a more realistic option. There would surely be a space in the XI if he wanted to come back.
Does he want to come back though? Neymar did everything to leave Barcelona in the first place, and eventually got what he wanted. If options are limited for him and the club would take him back, then maybe he would be prepared to forgive and forget. Moving back to Barcelona puts him back in the picture on the world stage, and it’d be great for his profile.
Neymar next club: Real Madrid – 10/1
A former Barcelona superstar moving to Real Madrid would certainly make the El Classico clashes take on a different meaning, but this already looks a bit of a non-starter before it has begun. Vinícius Júnior is of course the main man at Santiago Bernabéu these days, and with him in the same position at Neymar there just isn’t room for the two of them.
Vinícius Júnior is also the left-winger in the Brazil setup and has practically formed Neymar into playing a new position if he is to retain his national team spot. Having these two in the same club squad may just present a headache that Carlo Ancelotti could do with. Neymar doesn’t necessarily improve Real Madrid in the way they would want.
Neymar next club: Any German/Italian club – 12/1
There are separate markets for if Neymar will move to a German club or to one in Italy, and both are priced 12/1, and even that seems generous. It just doesn’t look to be the kind of move Neymar would entertain. Bayern Munich would seem the most likely, but they do have good depth in this area of the pitch, and would Thomas Tuchel really want him on board? Unlikely.
Clubs in Italy made an impression in Europe last season but is that going to continue moving forward? Again, that appears not so likely. Neymar’s age would also count against him as the major clubs in these leagues will look towards younger players that can not only have an impact now but in the years to come. Neymar can’t deliver on that front.
Neymar next club: Conclusion
Manchester United looks to be the most likely next destination for Neymar based upon the odds, but that does look to be on the short side. It just looks to be a move that isn’t as likely as those odds suggest. Interestingly, there are no odds for Neymar to move to a club in Saudi Arabia, especially as rumours of a move here have swirled recently.
Finances wouldn’t be an issue for clubs in that part of the world and he would help to elevate the league, which is what signing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema intends to do. Neymar may fancy one last big move in Europe before moving to say Saudi Arabia or into MLS with Lionel Messi, and staying at PSG for another season at least can’t be ruled out, too.
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