Ney­mar ‘trans­fer of the cen­tury’

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PARIS: Ney­mar’s im­mi­nent record-shat­ter­ing move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Ger­main was hailed as “the sign­ing that changes the his­tory of foot­ball” by French and Span­ish me­dia yes­ter­day.

Pa­pers in both cities went to town on the Brazil­ian striker’s fore­cast €222 mil­lion euro (RM1.1 bil­lion) trans­fer from the Cata­lan gi­ants to PSG.

With Ney­mar ex­pected in the French cap­i­tal , Le Parisien de­voted three-quar­ters of its front page to the man set to be­come the world’s most valu­able player.

Un­der the headline “Ney­mar to PSG — the trans­fer of the cen­tury” was a pho­to­graph of the 25year-old ‘photo-shopped’ sport­ing a PSG jersey.

“Ney­mar could be wear­ing the Parisian shirt from this week” read the cap­tion, with the pa­per de­vot­ing its first five pages to his ex­pected ar­rival.

French sports daily L’Equipe de­voted their en­tire front page to a pic­ture of Ney­mar be­hind the wheel of his car turn­ing up to say good­bye to Lionel Messi and his Barcelona team­mates on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, un­der the headline, “He’s ar­riv­ing.”

In Spain, the cov­er­age was so­bre and re­flec­tive.

“The sign­ing that changes the his­tory of foot­ball,” wrote Marca, while for AS, with a nod to the ex­tra­or­di­nary buy-out clause PSG’s Qatari-own­ers are set to set­tle, Ney­mar’s trans­fer was a case of “Pay and go.”

La Van­guardia dwelt on what his de­par­ture meant for Bacelona — “Ney­mar’s es­cape obliges Barca to rein­vent them­selves.”

In a dra­matic 24 hours Ney­mar paid his farewell to Barca on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, be­fore jump­ing on a pri­vate jet to Porto to re­port­edly un­dergo a med­i­cal be­fore his ex­pected ar­rival in the French cap­i­tal.

Ney­mar could be un­veiled to fans to­mor­row when PSG open their new Ligue 1 sea­son against Amiens.

His trans­fer will more than dou­ble the cur­rent record set by Paul Pogba’s €105.2 mil­lion move to Manch­ester United last year. AFP

Ney­mar’s trans­fer from Barcelona to Paris St Ger­main has caused a stir in the foot­ball fra­ter­nity.

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