Trans­fer sets record

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

The Brazil­ian for­ward Ney­mar is ex­pected to com­plete the rich­est trans­fer in soc­cer his­tory this week af­ter in­form­ing his club, Barcelona, that he wishes to join Paris Saint-Ger­main. The trans­fer fee alone will cost the French team $263 mil­lion, more than dou­bling the pre­vi­ous record. As well as meet­ing the buy­out clause in the player’s con­tract at Barcelona — 222 mil­lion eu­ros ($260.8 mil­lion), a fig­ure once thought to be out of the ques­tion even for the world’s rich­est clubs — PSG is pre­pared to pay Ney­mar around 30 mil­lion eu­ros a year, af­ter taxes (about $35 mil­lion), in salary over the next five years. Ney­mar’s fa­ther, who also acts as his agent, is ex­pected to earn a com­mis­sion in the re­gion of 40 mil­lion eu­ros. Some es­ti­mates have put the to­tal cost of the deal to PSG’s Qatari own­ers at more than half a bil­lion dol­lars, in­clud­ing var­i­ous im­age rights al­lowances and, ac­cord­ing to at least one re­port, a pos­si­ble am­bas­sado­rial role for Ney­mar dur­ing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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