Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are set to activate the €222million (£199million) release clause in Neymar Junior’s contract and make the Brazil forward the most expensive player in football history.
Neymar was today reportedly given permission by Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde not to take part in training and he told his teammates that he is signing for PSG.
The Brazilian is now expected to head to Paris, France and continue negotiations ahead of completing his money-spinning move to Ligue 1.
Neymar penned a contract with Barca last year in October until 2021. He joined the Catalan giants from Santos in 2013 and has developed into one of the game’s leading players.
The 25-year-old was recently involved in a fight with fellow teammate Nelson Semedo which increased on the rumors that he may force his way out from the club.
The fee would be more than double the £90m (€105m) fee Manchester United paid Juventus for French midfielder Paul Pogba last summer, a record that hitherto still stands as the world’s most expensive transfer fee.
Barcelona now seem destined to lose one-third of their ruthless three-pronged attack which also consists of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. It was commonly known as MSN.
PSG’s ambition is to have great world-renowned players to raise the reputation of the club and give the players and the coach the level that they are hoping to achieve trophies like the champions league.
The Spanish club is reportedly lining up Borussia Dortmund attacker Ousmana Dembele as a possible replacement for Neymar should the transfer happen.
Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is also strongly linked with the Catalan side.