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Neymar ready to take €12m pay cut to secure Barcelona return from PSG - reports

Brazilian striker left Catalan club in 2017 for a world record €222m and has reportedly struggled to settle in the French capital

Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in 2017 for a world record fee. AFP
Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in 2017 for a world record fee. AFP

Neymar is prepared to take a pay cut to complete a return to Barcelona as the Brazilian striker looks to secure an exit from Paris Saint-Germain, according to Spanish media reports.

Spanish sports newspaper Diario Sport has claimed a "verbal agreement" has been reached between Neymar and Barca, nearly two years after the 27-year-old Brazil international left the Catalan giants in a world record deal to join PSG for €222 million (Dh928m).

PSG are yet to agree to the sale of their star striker, whose €36m annual salary would prove a stumbling block for Barca - although reports have suggested Neymar would be willing to cut his salary by €12m to €24m if it meant a return to the Camp Nou, while also dropping his €26m court case against the Catalan club.

Neymar claims he was due the amount before leaving as a loyalty bonus.

Barcelona sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo has reported Neymar will also have to make a public apology to the club's fans for the manner of his departure.

The 27-year-old had spent four years at Camp Nou, winning the Uefa Champions League in 2015 and two La Liga titles. He had formed a brilliant attacking trio alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Any return for Neymar would likely require Barca to raise funds through sales. Antoine Griezmann is expected to join from Atletico Madrid for €120m while Frenkie de Jong has already signed for €75m from Ajax.

Updated: June 25, 2019 03:43 PM

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