Neymar’s new Barcelona contract may not be enough to keep him

Ethan Tait
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October has been a month of contract renewals as countless players have been restructuring deals with their clubs. Barcelona has been busy resigning players like Sergio Busquets, Javier Mascherano, and now Neymar. But will the deal be good enough to keep the Brazilian player at the club for much longer?

Last summer, Neymar has been courted in the past by big spending clubs, most recently PSG who offered the Barcelona man nearly $44 million-a-year, tax free. That’s an unreal sum of money for what will be a Ballon d’Or winner, someday.

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Neymar surprisingly turned the deal down to return to the Camp Nou and continue the conquest of Spanish and world football with the other two members of MSN.

It is surprising to hear that a footballer like Neymar rejected a deal like that to return to Barcelona and sign a deal worth half that outrageous amount. But the question is, how long will he stay at the club?

With Toni Kroos signing at new contract at Real Madrid for five years in the neighbourhood of $21 million-a-year, Neymar could only expect to be paid in the same price range.

Neymar is set to sign a new contract this coming Friday with the Catalan giants for five years and $17-million-a-year. Playing with the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez comes at a price as there is only so much money to go around.

It is only a matter of time before Neymar becomes the lead producer on Barcelona with Messi and Suarez becoming older and the Brazilian still not yet in his prime.

Barcelona are fortunate to be signing Neymar to a contract extension as the amount is so low in comparison to offers that he’s received. With such a release clause of $220 million (increases in amount throughout the life of the contract) positioned into his contract, only a handful of clubs can afford his services.

But with Manchester United being willing to break the transfer record for Paul Pogba, the notion of PSG smashing it to sign him isn’t too far fetched.