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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Neymar accepts offer from Paris Saint-Germain as they prepare to trigger his £195 m release clause, according to reports in Brazil .
Neymar has accepted Paris Saint-Germain's offer after the French club triggered his £195million release clause, according to reports in Brazil.
Brazilian sports channel Esporte Interativo report that the Barcelona star has agreed terms with PSG ahead of a potential world record £195million deal.
PSG responded to the claims on Tuesday by informing L’Equipe that they are not about to star in another episode of the ‘Neymar show’ and indicated that the asking price remains out of the question.
The latest chapter in the Neymar soap opera began on Monday when Barcelona paper Sport published a story citing sources close to the Brazilian suggesting that he is ‘unhappy’ at the club because he remains in the shadow of Leo Messi and Messi's best pal Luis Suarez.
Barcelona’s Technical Secretary Robert Fernandez was asked, during Barca coach Ernesto Valverde's first press conference of the pre-season, if he could envisage a Barça without Neymar if a club paid his buy-out and he responded: ‘That will not happen’.
It was a somewhat cold response that seemed to say 'no-one will pay for him' as opposed to 'we will never sell him'.
MailSport understands that some important figures within the club have grown tired of the steady stream of stories suggesting he wants out of the Camp Nou and would sanction any deal providing his buy-out – which rose to £195 million on July 1 – was met.
PSG’s briefing suggests it is that buy-out that stands between them and signing the player. Far from stating they are not interested in buying him they emphasise the financial difficulty of the deal.
A potential solution to the money problem is Marco Veratti. The Italian midfielder is wanted by Barcelona but valued at around £88 million by PSG.
If the midfielder became part of the deal then PSG would only have £108million to find in order to fulfill the long-held dream of president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi to have one of the world’s top three players at the club.
Many Barcelona supporters would not be against such a deal, especially if the surplus £108 million was then dedicated to ensuring Monaco’s teenage winger Kylian Mbappé ended up with them instead of with Real Madrid.