Brazilian superstar Neymar is set to seal a much-speculated move to Paris Saint Germain after the forward’s current club Barcelona confirmed yesterday that the player has requested for a move away from Camp Nou.
Barcelona made an announcement on Twitter, revealing that Neymar along with his father and agent had informed the club of his decision to leave.
Barcelona have referred to his buy-out clause of total 222 million Euros which has to be paid in entirety to ensure a transfer.
So any club that comes in for Neymar will have to trigger the mega buy-out clause which will break the previous transfer record of Paul Pogba‘s move to Manchester United for £85m. Neymar visited the Barca training camp on Wednesday not to train but meet his team mates before departing from the Camp Nou.
Several reactions on the story have flowed in from different parts of the world.
The most beautiful coming in from Neymar’s team-mate and friend Lionel Messi, who took to Instagram to share a video of him and his Brazilian counter-part showcasing moments of duo together in Barca colours.
Messi captioned the video: “It was an enormous pleasure to have shared all these years with you friend @neymarjr I wish you luck in this new stage of your life.
The duo has been an integral part of the Catalan side for years now, and they have together won 2 La Liga titles and a Champions League. Neymar’s departure will break the famous MSN trio of Messi, Saurez and Neymar.
Some rival football managers have also reacted to the situation, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hit out at PSG for not respecting the Financial Fair Play rule, “I thought FFP was made so situations like that could not happen,” he said.
“But it seems it is more of a suggestion than a rule. I don’t understand how it happens.
“There are only two clubs who can pay transfer fees like that – Manchester City and PSG, and everyone knows that.
“But I hope this deal is an exception not the next step for football. I don’t know.”
Whereas Jose Mourinho, who signed Pogba last year for a then record fee of £85m believes that Neymar is not expensive according to his skills, but the consequences of the deal could be problematic for the football world.
“I don’t think £200m for Neymar is expensive.
“Expensive is the fact there will now be more players at £100m, more players at £50m, more players at £60m – that’s the problem.
“Neymar is one of the best players in the world, so commercially that is very strong but the problem is not Neymar – the problem is the consequences.”
La Liga Chief Javier Tebas is also not impressed with PSG’s monetary ambitions and has warned the club of dire consequences. The La Liga boss has said he will take the matter up to the UEFA and the European Union to teach PSG a lesson.
Meanwhile UEFA released a statement stating that the clubs should respect the Financial Fair Play rules.
“All clubs in Europe must respect financial fair-play rules and must demonstrate that they do not have losses of more than 30m Euros over three years,” said the UEFA statement.
“The transfer of Neymar to PSG will have an effect on the club finances over several years but the impact of such an operation cannot be judged in advance, notably as PSG could well sell several players for a significant amount.”We shall therefore only make calculations at the end and make sure that they respect the rules.” said the statement