Barcelona con­sider re­port­ing PSG over 222m euros Neymar deal

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Barcelona ex­pect Neymar to re­turn to train­ing on Wed­nes­day, but are ready to push for a Fi­nan­cial Fair Play in­ves­ti­ga­tion if Paris St-Ger­main pay the 222m euros (£198m) re­lease clause for the Brazil for­ward.

The 25-year-old con­tin­ues to be linked with a move to the Ligue 1 club and is due to re­turn from China on Tues­day.

Re­ports said the player was due in Qatar this week for a PSG med­i­cal.

Barca chief Josep Maria Bar­tomeu said last week that Neymar would be stay­ing.

His com­ments came af­ter re­ports that PSG had trig­gered the re­lease clause, which would be a world record fee for a player.

Should that sum be of­fered, the 24-time Span­ish cham­pi­ons will ask Uefa to con­sider whether the French club would be in breach of FFP reg­u­la­tions.

The rules, first im­ple­mented dur­ing the 2011-12 sea­son, stip­u­late that Euro­pean clubs can­not spend more than they earned.

PSG, sup­ported by a Qatar fund, were pun­ished in 2014 for breach of FFP. Their £167m com­mer­cial con­tract with the Qatar Tourism Au­thor­ity was deemed to have an un­fair value by Uefa’s in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion panel.

They were given a £20m fine, their spend­ing was capped to £49m and they com­peted in the 201415 Cham­pi­ons League with just 21 play­ers in­stead of the usual 25.

FFP reg­u­la­tions up­dated in June 2015 - state that own­ers can in­ject cash into a club as long as they can demon­strate how they will reach break-even.


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