90min first revealed last summer that the PSG hierarchy has been considering the possibility of letting the player go. Club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi also warned around that time that PSG are looking to change strategy: “We don’t want flashy, bling-bling anymore, it’s the end of the glitter.”
As such, intermediaries briefed Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and nouveau riche Newcastle last summer about Neymar’s potential availability. However, PSG were still weighing up whether selling the Brazilian before the World Cup was the right move for them.
90min reported in February of this year that Neymar was again offered to a number of Premier League clubs by intermediaries, making Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Newcastle and Liverpool aware of the player’s interest in moving to England and his potential availability.
As of the start of May, 90min was able to reveal that Newcastle’s majority owners, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, are interested in bringing Neymar to the Premier League. PIF had also shown interest in Cristiano Ronaldo until it was decided that the 38-year-old would not be the right fit for the current team that has been assembled. But Neymar could be, given Newcastle’s need for a left-sided forward and a handful of other Brazilians already on Tyneside.