Chelsea have been handed a major transfer boost after Paris Saint-Germain have informed Neymar he is not part of the club’s plans ahead of next season. The Brazilian signed for the French giants in a world-record £200million transfer in 2017.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have been monitoring Neymar’s situation, as they ambition a swoop for the Brazilian this summer. Following a disappointing season for the French side, owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi has reviewed the different aspects of the club.
Mauricio Pochettino is set to get the sack despite guiding the club to the Ligue 1 title in his first year in charge. Though, a poor campaign in the Champions League and Neymar’s commitment has led Al-Khelaifi to want to cut ties with the player.
According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, the Parisian side has been “fed up” with the forward, after Kylian Mbappe has reportedly highlighted the “systematic indiscipline” from the Brazilian’s training and post-party recoveries. “Neymar does not like to train; he has played with three or four extra kilos for years. But in the competition he has been the most honest attacker of the team, the one who has run the most to help [the team] and defend himself,” a close source said.
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The Brazilian was initially understood to not want to leave Paris this summer ahead of the World Cup later this year but has since been open to a new challenge. Last season was well below expectations, netting just 13 goals in 28 appearances, and recording eight assists.
RMC Sport reported that he could consider a move to Stamford Bridge however, with new owner Todd Boehly wanting to make an instant impression after his recent arrival at the club. Tuchel’s time at PSG back in during 2018 and 2020 could also play a part in convincing the player on a switch to north London.
The Brazil international has no doubt enjoyed his time under Tuchel, as he previously said: “Thomas Tuchel? I would give my life on the pitch for him. He is a truly brilliant man.”