Neymar’s record-breaking 222 million euros ($ 2 6 3 million) transfer from Barcelona to French side Paris SaintG e r mai n a p p e a r e d close to completion on Wednesday, when his agent predicted he could be unveiled by the weekend.
Neymar’s team mate Lionel Messi posted a farewell message on social media to the Brazilian, whose agent Wagner Ribeiro was quoted on Spanish radio as saying PSG would pay Barcelona’s asking price and his client was en route to finalise the deal. “They(PSG)aregoingtopayNeymar’s (222millioneurosbuyout)clausetoday so that he can be presented at the weekend,”RibeirotoldSpanishradiostation CadenaCOPE.“They(Neymarandhis father) are in the air now.”
The move would complete a hectic few days in which Neymar’s heavily trailed exit has inched closer.
Events moved swiftly on Wednesday when Barcelona released a statement announcing that the 25-year-old had informed them of his intention to leave, and confirming the amount of his buy-out clause. “The player NeymarJr,accompaniedbyhisfather andagent,hasinformedFCBarcelona this morning of his decision to leave the club in a meeting held at the club’s offices,”Barcelonasaidinastatement. “The club refer to the buy-out clause of his existing contract which as of 1 July totals 222 million euros.”
Earlier, the 25-year-old arrived at the club’s training ground to tell team mateshewasmovingtoParis,Catalan radio RAC1 reported. The Brazilian striker left the training area minutes later, it said, with the club confirming on Twitter that he had been given permission not to train. Neymar’s departure would end a four-year stay at the club, where he formed a formidable strike force with Messi and Luis Suarez. In October, Neymar signed a new contract until 2021 with the buy-out clause raised.
For a while it seemed that the deal might stall over concerns about Financial Fair Play. In an interview published on Wednesday, the president of the national football league, Javier Tebas, said the league would not accept payment by PSG to trigger the release clause. It would potentially be in breach of UEFA Financial Fair Play rules, he told Spanish sports newspaper AS. However, UEFA told Reuters on Wednesday that no complaint had been received, adding that European football’s governing body would not block any potential deal in advance.
PSG are one of the world’s richest clubs following their 2012 takeover by Qatar Sports Investments, an arm of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, which has transformed their fortunes.
Under the fair play rules - which Uefa’s FFP project leader Andrea Traverso was last week quoted by Italian newspaper Gazetta dello Sport as saying PSG were currently following — a club’s wage bill must not exceed 70 percent of its revenue. NEYMAR shared a bible verse (Philippians 4:11) on Instagram recently, possibly in reference to the move, but has been silent on the move otherwise I’m not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content ...whether living in plenty or in want.