Neymar has delivered an ultimatum to Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and instructed him to sell Edinson Cavani after the two South Americans were involved in an on-field bust-up on Sunday, according to reports in Spain.
The pair clashed twice during the 2-0 victory, PSG’s eighth in a row in all competitions this season, following disagreements over who should take a free-kick and a second-half penalty which Cavani missed.
Neymar’s compatriot Dani Alves was also involved, while reports elsewhere claimed another Brazilian, captain Thiago Silva, was forced to separate the feuding pair in the dressing room after the game which saw Unai Emery’s men maintain a three-point lead at the head of Ligue 1.
Despite their success on the pitch, Catalan-based outlet Sport claims that Neymar is furious with the Uruguayan and believes he has attempted to undermine the superstar status he was guaranteed by Al-Khelaifi upon completing his world record move from Barcelona.
Sport also claims the 25-year-old has the support of the Brazilian enclave at PSG, which also includes the likes of Marquinhos and Lucas Moura, and has also garnered the backing of fellow new signing Kylian Mbappe.
Mundo Deportivo claimed over the weekend that the Ligue 1 leaders were planning a January fire-sale in order to meet the demands of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play guidelines with the European governing body having opened an investigation following their lavish summer spending.
Cavani signed a new long-term deal in the summer following his goalscoring exploits last season and would command a considerable fee in January should PSG bow to Neymar’s demands.
The former Napoli striker himself attempted to downplay the suggestion there had been any major falling out following Sunday’s incidents which were strongly condemned by PSG manager Unai Emery.
‘These things are created. I don’t know why these stories are created. The truth is that these are normal things; things that happen in football,’ Cavani told Gol de Medianoche de Radio Universal.
‘I learned of the story just now talking with my brother, about people saying that Cavani won’t let anyone take penalties and that there’s a problem with Neymar. The truth is that there’s no problem.
‘He [Neymar] has just arrived and like I said from the off we are keen for him to adapt in the best way possible. I think that’s been proven because you can see he is adapting quickly.’