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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.

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