Barcelona officials have sent an ultimatum to Neymar, telling him to accept their €15m-a-year (£11.5m, $17m) contract renewal deal or move elsewhere via his €190m release clause, according to Mundo Deportivo. The Spanish publication insists that the Brazilian star could earn more at Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain, but the reigning La Liga champions are confident he will snub those proposals to continue winning titles at the Nou Camp.
Reports in Spain have for weeks suggested Barcelona have a deal on the table to keep Neymar at the club for the long term. However, with nothing yet signed, his future has been called into question. Last week Wagner Ribeiro, one of Neymar's agents, revealed there were three clubs ready to pay the buy-out clause.
Over the weekend (June 18-19), Mundo Deportivo reported that Barcelona officials were on maximum alert after learning PSG had offered Neymar a stunning €50m-a-year contract to lure him to Ligue 1.
Barcelona responded by sending club chief Raul Sanllehi to Brazil to hold crisis talks with the player and his father, trying to convince him to accept the Catalans' proposal instead.
Just a day later, the Spanish publication claimed the saga had become more complicated, with PSG, Manchester United and Real Madrid all sending representatives to tempt Neymar.
Barcelona chief Susana Monje tried to play down concerns on 21 June, saying that the Brazilian's departure from the Nou Camp was not a topic for discussion.
However, Mundo Deportivo insisted that Barcelona were concerned about the situation, saying that Neymar's future with the club was 50/50. The publication even suggested the Catalans were planning for life after the former Santos star, earmarking Paulo Dybala as the perfect fit to partner Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the case the Brazilian leaves.
Mundo Deportivo now claims the saga is set to end in the coming days, with Barcelona issuing an ultimatum to Neymar to accept their €15m-a-year offer or move elsewhere.
The club have told Neymar they cannot increase their proposal, as under no circumstance will he be rewarded with a better salary than Messi's.
Spanish media says PSG would more than the Catalans' offer, while Manchester United would also pay him significantly more than he would earn at the Nou Camp.
However, conversations between Barcelona representatives and Neymar's entourage have progressed well in recent days, and the Spaniards are confident the 24-year-old will sign a new deal to stay at the Nou Camp.