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Neymar next club odds

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
16 August 2023, 10:53

Back in 2017, Neymar moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee of €222 million in the hope of escaping Lionel Messi’s shadow. However, the Brazilian forward failed to replicate even an ounce of Messi’s success, missing 100 games through injury since then and failing to bring the much-desired Champions League title to PSG. 

Despite the good salary, the lack of sporting success has apparently made him unhappy in France, and every summer there are talks about his potential departure from Parc des Princes. This transfer window is no exception, and despite the player having a contract until 2025, Neymar’s transfer odds have gone up in recent months.

Neymar has signed a contract until 2025 with Saudi Pro League club Al Hilal, with Paris Saint-Germain pocketing €90 million from the transfer. The 31-year-old will reportedly have a salary of around €90 million and will be the league’s third top earner, only behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzma. The Brazilian will team up with the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Ruben Neves and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic at Al Hilal.

List of latest Neymar transfer odds

When talking about Neymar’s next club odds, the bookies think the likeliest outcome is that the 31-year-old continues at PSG. If he is to leave, though, a departure to the United States is seen as most probable.

Neymar next clubSkyBet Odds
Stay at PSG1.5
Any Major League Soccer club6.0
Any Saudi Pro League club9.0
Barcelona11.0
Chelsea13.0
Manchester United13.0

Any Major League Soccer club

The same way Messi left Ligue 1 for the MLS, Neymar could make a move across the Atlantic. It is unlikely that the Brazilian would also join Inter Miami, though, and Neymar’s next club odds are rather vague. The Florida team has to comply with the salary caps, and they’ve already brought in Messi’s friend Sergio Busquets and are expected to sign Jordi Alba (all on big contracts).

Unlike his former Barcelona teammates, Neymar is not in his mid-30s yet and has some unfinished business in Europe like the Champions League with PSG or the Ballon d’Or. So, is Neymar really ready to go into early retirement?

There were no concrete negotiations between Neymar’s side and any MLS club. As good of a story it might have been, there will be no Messi-Neymar reunion for now.

Any Saudi Pro League club

Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and now Neymar? This trio playing in the same country would certainly make Saudi Arabia one of the most marketable leagues outside of Europe’s top 5. What Saudi Arabia lacks in competitiveness and infrastructure, they compensate in money, and there are probably several clubs in the country willing to offer the 31-year-old forward a salary on par with Ronaldo and Benzema.

However, it is still unclear whether Neymar is ready to bid farewell to his European career. At least in interviews, he has downplayed the Saudi Arabia links. Perhaps the Brazilian believes he still has a few more good years left in him and wants to spend it competing among the world’s elite.

Barcelona

It has been claimed many times that Neymar regretted his decision to leave Camp Nou and wanted to return to Barcelona after his first year in France. The Brazilian came the closest to doing so back in 2019 when he went as far as to miss training with PSG. The clubs could not agree on the final fee, and the forward continued in Paris, eventually agreeing to a new contract.

This summer, Neymar reportedly offered himself to the Catalans again. However, his high salary expectations coupled with the coach’s reservations regarding the player’s attitude ended in Xavi opposing the potential return.

As per reports, Barcelona was Neymar’s preferred destination and president Joan Laporta was ready to sign him to boost the club’s marketing potential. However, coach Xavi Hernandez was opposed to the transfer due to Ney’s off-the-pitch lifestyle and the team needing reinforcements in other positions.

Chelsea

Last summer, when Todd Boehly had only taken ownership of Chelsea, the American businessman wanted to make Neymar his marquee signing. The Blues even held talks with PSG over the Brazilian but a final agreement was not found.

Just like last year, the Parisians are willing to sell Neymar and Chelsea are one of the interested parties. They have also hired Mauricio Pochettino, PSG’s previous coach, which could help Neymar adapt quicker to the new league. 

The issue is that Chelsea have bought enough players in Neymar’s position since the failed move and his arrival now would seem superfluous.

Chelsea never made an approach for Neymar either. The Blues have been focused on strengthening the midfield, and as far as attacking signings go, they are claimed to be interested in Crystal Palace leader Michael Olise.

Manchester United

Manchester United is the only club Neymar would join if he were to leave PSG this summer, reports claim. But do the English club really need the 31-year-old?

The Red Devils would certainly benefit from reinforcements upfront after qualifying for Champions League football, but they need a striker and not a left winger (Neymar’s preferred position). They already have Marcus Rashford for that slot – who is coming off a 30-goal season – and moving him to centre-forward to accommodate the Brazilian would mean sacrificing his best attributes. Besides, Neymar’s Joga Bonito style may not suit Erik Ten Hag, with the coach preferring hard-working, disciplined players.

Manchester United have brought in Rasmus Hojlund from Atalanta for a sum nearing €75 million. It looks like their market activity is done for now.