Barcelona forward Neymar has reportedly agreed terms with Paris Saint-Germain over a six-year contract.
It has been reported that Neymar’s father recently met with PSG sporting director Antero Henrique and board member Sophie Jordan to finalise the transfer.
It has been suggested that the deal will go through when PSG “deposit the €222 million of [Neymar’s] termination clause, which it appears will be done via the personal sponsorship of Qatar.”
The initial report suggested the salary Neymar would earn at PSG would match that of his Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi.
It has been reported that the Brazilian came close to leaving the Blaugrana last summer, with Manchester United , Real Madrid and PSG all interested in taking him away from the Camp Nou.
PSG are said to be staying calm despite the pace at which the potential deal is moving, although “according to what the player’s father has said to [PSG], it seems that this time Neymar will keep his word.”
Neymar was in action for Barcelona on Saturday in New Jersey, netting twice in a dazzling performance against Juventus .After that 2-1 win, Barca manager Ernesto Valverde downplayed the speculation.
“Barca are not going to go without Neymar,” he said, he said.”We want him with us. We know the importance he has in our play.”
If PSG were to land the Barcelona man, it would smash the world-record transfer fee.
That figure stands at £89 million, which Manchester United paid to re-sign Paul Pogba from Juventus in the summer of 2016.
For Barca, Neymar’s departure would be a significant blow, as he has been crucial to their success in recent seasons alongside Messi and Luis Suarez.
However, if PSG are willing to buy the player out of his Barcelona contract, and the man himself is enticed by the Parc des Princes project, there is little the Catalan giants can do to prevent this transfer from going through.