Ney­mar and Semedo put bust-up be­hind them

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MADRID: Ney­mar ap­peared to bury the hatchet with Barcelona team­mate Nel­son Semedo as the pair were filmed hug­ging it out fol­low­ing their vic­tory over Real Madrid on Satur­day.

The Brazil­ian had made head­lines the world over on Fri­day af­ter storm­ing out of train­ing fol­low­ing a phys­i­cal con­fronta­tion with Semedo.

With a £196 mil­lion (RM1.1 bil­lion) move to Paris Saint-Ger­main in the off­ing, it may have proved to be the last thing Ney­mar did at the club, but he re­turned a day later to put in a bril­liant per­for­mance in a 3-2 Cla­sico win in Mi­ami.

Hav­ing set up two goals, Semedo was one of the first Barcelona play­ers to come and con­grat­u­late him on what is likely to be his last ap­pear­ance for the club and Ney­mar was open to the ex­ten­sion of an olive branch.

Their train­ing-ground bust-up has acted as a sideshow to Ney­mar ’s world-record trans­fer to PSG, which could be com­pleted by the end of the week if the French out­fit agree a pay­ment pack­age with Barcelona.

The Brazil in­ter­na­tional is cur­rently in China ful­fill­ing pro­mo­tional du­ties for both the club and his per­sonal obli­ga­tions but is ex­pected to fly to Doha, Qatar, where he should rat­ify per­sonal terms with the PSG own­ers.

At the mo­ment, Barcelona are de­mand­ing that Ney­mar de­posits the full €222 mil­lion with La Liga to of­fi­cially ac­ti­vate his re­lease clause but PSG are not keen to pay the full amount up front as it will in­cur ad­di­tional tax costs.

In­stead, PSG want to ne­go­ti­ate a more tra­di­tional trans­fer deal and are even will­ing to of­fer for­mer Real Madrid and Manch­ester United winger An­gel di Maria in ex­change on top of the full fee, al­beit in the form of in­stal­ments.

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