Todd Boehly, a co-owner of Chelsea, meets with the president of PSG to talk about acquiring Neymar
Todd Boehly, a co-owner of Chelsea, met with Nasser al Khelaifi, the president of Paris-Saint-Germain, to talk about the potential acquisition of Neymar this summer. The meeting took place on Tuesday in Paris during the first leg of PSG’s Champions League match against Bayern Munich.
The two also discussed the incident that prevented Hakim Ziyech from joining the French team on the final day of the January transfer window. The Moroccan was in Paris to finalise his loan move, but a Chelsea administrative oversight prevented it from happening, inciting rage in the French champions’ camp.
The 31-year-old Neymar is under contract with PSG through the summer of 2025, with a player option for an additional year (Transfermarkt). He presently makes £26.6 million annually in Paris. In the upcoming summer, the Ligue 1 champions are eager to get rid of him.
But is it necessary for Chelsea to focus their significant summer transfer budget on signing an older forward whose professionalism has frequently been questioned throughout his career? So much is doubtful. In spite of all the young players Boehly has brought in, it seems like he is anxious to bring in a star player very soon. Last summer, he was determined to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, but previous manager Thomas Tuchel vetoed the plan.
It would be fantastic if Chelsea’s hiring team and head coach Graham Potter took a stand against the Neymar transfer. There are those who question the player’s ability, but he has caused controversy throughout his career. On the field, he occasionally exhibits questionable behaviour. He won’t fit in with the Premier League’s transitional style of play because of that and the fact that he is not the hardest-working player off the ball.