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NEYMAR has agreed a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain and the deal could be completed “in days,” according to reports in France.
The Barcelona striker has been linked with a move to the French capital all summer, and now that could be one step nearer to reality.
French newspaper Le Parisien are reporting that the Brazilian superstar has already agreed terms with PSG, and that it is simply a matter of “when” and not “if”.
Neymar, in what could be his last appearance in a Barca shirt, netted the only goal of the game in a 1-0 friendly victory against Manchester United in the US.
Capitalising on some poor United defending the 25-year-old kept his nerve in the box, swivelled and fired past David de Ge.
He was then substituted at half time, along with fellow superstars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
It was originally believed PSG would be prepared to meet Neymar’s release fee at the Nou Camp – set at around £195million.
But L’Equipe are now reporting that the fee could prove to be the last thing to get thrashed out, with the French side keen to “negotiate” this than simply lump the entire sum forward.
While the intricacies of this are not known at this time, it could involve instalments, or even other players involved.
Current PSG midfielder Marco Verratti has been linked with Barca this summer, and could see his name thrown into the negotiations.
So despite the pleas of his Barcelona team-mates in recent weeks, Neymar looks set to pack his bags for France.
Speaking before the United game, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, who recently posted on Instagram a photo of the two of them together captioned “he stays”, had some advice for “his friend”.
He said: “I wish that Neymar stays, but [my tweet] was not an official decision. It is Neymar himself who decides and must announce.
“The only thing I can say is that Neymar is mature enough to reconsider things. He is still 25 and has a unique talent.
Interestingly, he added: “Neymar cannot be the protagonist at Barcelona, because the best will always be Lionel Messi, always.”
SunSport reported last night how one weight had already been lifted for the talented footballer – concerning “unpaid taxes”.
Speaking to Reuters, Neymar’s father said: “It is with great happiness that we received the news of the shelving of the Public Ministry’s case of tax evasion.
“The process is officially closed (and) that proves the legality of all our acts.”