PSG must pay £198m ‘in full’ for Ney­mar, say Barcelona

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Barcelona have told Paris St-Ger­main they must pay a world record 222m euro (£198m) fee “in full” be­fore Ney­mar can join them.

The Brazil in­ter­na­tional ar­rived at train­ing on Wed­nes­day with his fa­ther and rep­re­sen­ta­tive, and told the Span­ish club he wanted to leave.

He was then given per­mis­sion by Barca man­ager Ernesto Valverde not to train and to “sort out his fu­ture”.

PSG are un­der­stood to be ready to pay the 25-year-old’s re­lease clause.

That came af­ter La Liga pres­i­dent Javier Te­bas threat­ened, in an in­ter­view with Mundo De­portivo, a le­gal re­sponse against the for­mer Ligue 1 cham­pi­ons if Euro­pean foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body failed to take action.

He also said PSG pres­i­dent Nasser Al-Khe­laifi had been made aware of the Span­ish league’s in­ten­tions.

Ney­mar moved to Barcelona from Brazil­ian club San­tos in 2013 for £48.6m, and signed a new five-year deal with the 24-time Span­ish cham­pi­ons in 2016.

His rep­re­sen­ta­tive Wag­ner Ribeiro, who on Wed­nes­day tweeted he was in Paris, said last year that his client had been of­fered a tax-free £650,000 a week to sign for the French club.

He also said the for­ward “was close to a move to Manch­ester United”.

Ru­mours of Ney­mar’s po­ten­tial de­par­ture resur­faced re­cently, but club pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu told the BBC the player would be stay­ing.

Ney­mar played for the Cata­lan side in the re­cent In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup in the United States, be­fore trav­el­ling to China to ful­fil com­mer­cial com­mit­ments.

He trav­elled back to Spain on Tues­day and re­turned to the club’s train­ing ground yes­ter­day.

The Brazil­ian has scored 105 goals for Barcelona, help­ing them to two league ti­tles, three Copas del Rey and a Cham­pi­ons League crown.

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