Cultura

PSG must pay €222m, Barca tell Neymar

PSG must pay €222m, Barca tell Neymar

Since joining the club in 2013, Neymar has helped keep Barcelona at the pinnacle of European football and turned into a worldwide star.

The Brazil international spent 40 minutes at Barcelona's training ground, according to Sky sources, with Spanish media reporting he told his team-mates he is leaving the club for the French club.

Notably, PSG is ready to meet the Barcelona striker of release clause of €222 (£198m).

Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the President of Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, has this afternoon provided an update on his side's chase of Barcelona attacker Neymar.

"The player Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and agent, has informed FC Barcelona this morning of his decision to leave the club in a meeting held at the club's offices", the statement read.

Neymar signed for Barcelona from Brazilian side Santos for €57.1 million, although it was later revealed the cost was closer to €100 million.

The 25-year-old's move to PSG is already a huge blow for the Catalan club, no matter who they replace him with, whether that be Paulo Dybala or Kylian Mbappe.

As BBC Sport noted, PSG look poised to sign Neymar in a world-record transfer, ending his four-year stay at the Camp Nou.

Both Bartomeu and Spanish league president Javier Tebas have said they will consider filing a complaint to UEFA if they think the PSG transfer violates financial fair play rules.

So who can replace a player with the profile, stature and talent of Neymar?

Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations have certainly tempered PSG's elaborate spending in recent seasons, and Neymar's arrival would represent a serious challenge to the club in this respect - but there's confidence within PSG's boardroom that it will not be a significant issue.

"Where is the interpretation if you say he (Coutinho) is not available to be sold?". There are too many things at stake.

Klopp doesn't want Coutinho to go but it's claimed the Brazilian is trying to convince him to change his mind.