Update — August 14th, 7:30PM EDT: Neymar inks deal
Well, it looks like it is going to happen:
Neymar Jr to Al Hilal, deal now signed! All documents are completed — and medical tests were also successfully passed earlier today— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 14, 2023
️ Told Neymar is expected to travel to Saudi later this week, not on Tuesday per current plan.
Deal sealed, Ney joins Saudi league. pic.twitter.com/HpmTfMrrot
According to a report from Marca’s Miguel Delaney (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), Bayern Munich was among the clubs that Neymar reached out to before — allegedly — making the decision to move from Paris Saint-Germain to Al-Hilal FC.
It should also be noted that FC Barcelona was reportedly having discussions with PSG regarding Neymar as well.
All of those clubs declined because of the transfer fee and salary that were attached to the Brazilian star:
Neymar attempted to get a deal with every major European club. All of Bayern, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City turned down a chance to bring the Brazilian in, primarily due to a huge fee and similar salary package.
While nothing has been substantiated yet, it is expected that Neymar is going to become infinitely more rich than he even was before as captured by Foot Mercato:
From Saudi sources, Ney, whose transfer will be closer to 120 million euros (with bonuses), will hit the jackpot since we were told of a salary of between 300 and 400 million euros spread over two years. The idea was to receive a salary equivalent or almost to that of Karim Benzema (200 million per year), as well as to have control of his image rights. We are far from the 100 million euros mentioned on the French side.
There is also this tweet below floating around, but it could be nonsense, satire, or even true...it is hard to tell these days. Either way, take it with a two-ton grain of salt:
Some of the perks Neymar will experience because of his move to Saudi Arabia:— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) August 14, 2023
️ A private plane at his disposal
A huge house with staff
€80,000 bonus for every Al-Hilal win
€500,000 for every post or story he puts on his social media that promotes Saudi Arabia … pic.twitter.com/CjRUumqdqn
Of course, the criticism of his initial move from Barca to PSG — which ultimately proved to be successful for his bank account, but bankrupt in the trophy room — has started to flow in as well:
Also, if you like controversy, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe might not have been on the best of terms, either:
Neymar liked a Post about Kylian Mbappe not wanting to play with him ever again.— Football Talk (@FootballTalkHQ) August 14, 2023
More drama at PSG pic.twitter.com/WU095D8X9S
Back to the point, though...Neymar at Bayern Munich?
Blasphemy...or is it?
Back in Pep Guardiola’s tenure, he wanted to bring in Neymar, but Bayern Munich had already inked Mario Götze.