Report: Neymar 95% Set To Leave Barca
Report: Neymar 95% Set To Leave FC Barcelona
Reports in Spain suggest the chances of Neymar leaving FC Barcelona are now as high as 95%, and that he will earn more than €40 million after tax annually at Paris Saint-Germain.
Initial reports from Brazil suggested that Neymar had already agreed a deal with the French giants, who are prepared to pay his €222 million (R3.3 billion) buyout clause.
Although it has since been confirmed by the likes of ESPN that no agreement is in place yet, Radio Catalunya – a respected source in Spain – believe the deal is as good as done, and that PSG will pay Neymar a €40 million (R604m) net salary per year.
"He's 95% a PSG player. He will earn €40 million a year, after tax,” was the opinion by the hosts of Radio Catalunya's Club de la Mitjanit show on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted that Les Parisiens would breaking Financial Fair Play rules if they make Neymar the most expensive transfer in history.
"He has a contract for the coming four years and, of course, we count on him. He's part of our team. He's part of this trident," he said, as quoted by The Independent.
"These clauses are impossible to activate if you want to comply with the Financial Fair Play.
"If someone doesn't want to comply, then of course it can be activated."
However, Grup14 founder Rafael Hernandez, who is a source close to Barcelona, has claimed that Oryx Qatar Sports Investments, the owners of the French giants since 2011, could become Neymar's personal sponsor and transfer the money directly to player, who would then buy himself out of his own release clause without the deal impacting PSG's finances.
It is yet to be seen whether a move from Neymar to PSG actually materialises, but it has all the potential to become the biggest saga of the window.
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