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Neymar ‘preparing legal battle’ to exploit FIFA clause and force a move back to Barcelona

 

Neymar is hoping to return to his former club Barcelona this year as he is still unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazilian superstar is having his legal team look at potential routes back to the Nou Camp after he left the Catalan giants back in 2017 for a world-record fee of just over £200million.

However, it will not be very easy for Neymar, who is rather unpopular with the Parisian fans after a turbulent career in the French capital.

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Operation Exit: Neymar is on the headlines of SPORT as Barcelona return rumours continue

Operation Exit: Neymar is on the headlines of SPORT as Barcelona return rumours continue

The winger has had a turbulent time with Paris Saint-Germain since joining in 2017 for £200m

The winger has had a turbulent time with Paris Saint-Germain since joining in 2017 for £200m

Neymar joined from Barcelona, where he made himself a global superstar in an incredible side

Neymar joined from Barcelona, where he made himself a global superstar in an incredible side

Neymar played up front alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez and formed a great partnership

Neymar played up front alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez and formed a great partnership

The 27-year-old was meant to be the missing piece in PSG’s puzzle as the club aimed for UEFA Champions League glory. Whilst Neymar’s goal return on the pitch has been promising, he has been plagued with injury setbacks and his demeanor off the field has brought his commitment to the club into question.

The talisman has chosen to live outside of Paris which has left a sour taste with the club’s faithful and he does not have any intention of changing his surroundings, via SPORT.

Neymar was also recently pictured alongside his former Barca team-mates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez – only further sparking the debate on his future.

The Brazilian is preparing his legal team as he is coming to the end of his ‘protected period’ with PSG; which ends after his third campaign at the club. In this case, the upcoming summer. This contract clause falls under the ‘Regulations for the Statute and Transfer of FIFA’.

Neymar’s PSG stats in all competitions

Appearances: 70

Goals: 60

This means Neymar can begins talks with Barcelona in the summer as he is able to essentially ‘buy himself out’.

Article 14 of the FIFA regulations state: ‘A contract may be terminated by either party without consequences of any kind (either payment of compensation or imposition of sporting sanctions) where there is just cause.’

Further to this, Article 16 reads: ‘A contract cannot be unilaterally terminated during the course of a season.’

FIFA will set the amount of compensation that must be paid by the player.

The Brazilian is coming to the end of his 'protected period' and is able to buy himself out

The Brazilian is coming to the end of his ‘protected period’ and is able to buy himself out

Neymar sparked debate over his future when pictured with his two former team-mates

Neymar sparked debate over his future when pictured with his two former team-mates

Barcelona see Neymar as their main star after Lionel Messi decides to retire or leave the club

Barcelona see Neymar as their main star after Lionel Messi decides to retire or leave the club

The Catalan giants see the Brazilian as their man star post-Messi. The winger enjoyed three successful seasons at Barca from 2014 to 2017 where he netted 59 times in La Liga and scored 17 Champions League goals.

He also has a strong friendship with many of the Barcelona camp and has been linked with a return for quite some time.

The infamous ‘MSN’ partnership was feared by defences across the globe as they scored 364 goals in 450 games between 2014-15 and 2016-17.

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