PSG president suggests Neymar deal is close
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has suggested that the signing of Neymar from Barcelona could be close to completion.
Speculation in France has suggested that a world-record 222 million deal to bring the Brazil star to Ligue 1 could be finalised in the coming days.
There were rumours that Neymar was in Doha to complete a medical on Monday but those proved to be unfounded as the 25-year-old put up a post on Instagram suggesting that he was flying back to Spain from a commercial trip in China.
Al-Khelaifi refused to comment on the future of a player not contracted to PSG but hinted at developments to come when he admitted that he hopes “to talk about it another time”.
“I think this question is a bit hasty,” he replied when asked by Medi1 TV if the transfer was set to be completed. “Today, Neymar is a Barcelona player and we’ll see what will happen with him.
“But we respect all contracts signed between other clubs and players. I don’t really want to talk about it at this time. I hope to talk about it at another time.
“I prefer not to give percentages, either, but everything in its own time...”
Al-Khelaifi did confirm, however, that PSG are in the market for star talent who can help to bring both silverware and substantial publicity to the Parc des Princes.
“Neymar is a world star, but I repeat, he’s a Barcelona player today,” he said.