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Neymar set to sign a new contract with PSG, ruling out return at Camp Nou

Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is looking to extend Neymar’s contract, ruling out the potential return at the Camp Nou in 2021, according to reports. The Brazilian international has been consistently linked with a possible return to Spain in the last 18 months, after indicating his firm intention not to extend his contract beyond 2022 in the French capital.

PSG are open to offering the 28-year old a new contract, a five-year extension to his contract. However, the club’s top priority is retaining French international Kylian Mbappe amid growing transfer interest from elite clubs. Neymar is also rumored to be requesting the extension of his current €30m annual salary at the Parc de Princes, but PSG could force that down to below €25m as he enters into his thirties.

He is said to have communicated his desire directly to PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi, although negotiations are not expected to be completed as soon as possible. Neymar seems content with Les Parisiens and their goal to get back to a UEFA Champions League final, which saw them beaten by Bayern Munich last season, halting their way to a long-awaited trophy.

Ever since Neymar made his move to PSG from Barcelona in a world-record transfer worth a mammoth €222m back in the summer of 2017, his long-term future at the French capital has always plagued with setbacks and doubts. His move back to his former side was strongly touted last year and the winger even told PSG he wanted to leave. However, the Catalans are currently fighting a crisis on and off the pitch.

Last month, Neymar was reportedly tops the list of thousands of names published on the website of the Spanish tax office with unpaid taxes. The Brazilian has the highest personal debt in a list released by Spanish officials. Reports said that Spain’s fiscal authorities are investigating two of Neymar’s transfers, his arrival at the Camp Nou from Santos in 2013 and his switch to the French capital four years later.

Barca said the deal cost 57.1 million euros but according to Spanish authorities the club paid 83.3 million euros for the attacker. The list includes individuals and companies that owe more than 1 million euros ($1.1 million).Other football stars such as former Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have also had issued with Spanish tax officials in the past.

Last week, Neymar was involved in another injury during Champions League win over Istanbul Basaksehir. He is set to miss a couple of matches. Neymar played for Barcelona from 2013 to 2017 before moving to the French club. He has won three Ligue 1 titles so far and guided PSG to their first Champions League final last season. Neymar has two goals and four assists to his name in 2020-21.