Neymar is attracting interest from “three big clubs” but is happy to stay at Barcelona, according to his former agent Wagner Ribeiro.
Neymar’s current deal with Barca ends in June 2018 and talks over an extension have been ongoing for some time amid regular rumours that potential suitors such as Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester United could pay his €200 million release clause this summer.
There had been reports that he was due to sign contract extension after May’s Copa del Rey final against Sevilla and, although no agreement was formalised, the 24-year-old said he was happy at the Camp Nou at the club’s postseason celebrations.
Legal problems relating to his 2013 transfer from Santos to Barcelona had been seen as one reason the negotiations were dragging on, but Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu said this week that a deal done with the Spanish tax authorities over that issue should help advance the matter.
Neymar’s former agent Ribeiro, who remains a close associate and advisor to the forward’s father, has now told Radio Jovem Pan: “There are three big clubs who want to sign Neymar and to pay Barcelona his €200m clause
“I cannot say any more in this conversation because it is confidential. I can only assure you that Neymar is happy in Barcelona.”
Bartomeu said last month that it was “impossible” that Neymar, Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez would leave the club.
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Twitter @dermotmcorrigan.