Neymar is expected to arrive in Paris today to finalise his world record 222 million euro move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, which will earn him around 30 million euros a year. The summer’s longest-running transfer saga, which this week saw the 25-year-old tracked from the United States to China to the Middle East, back to Barcelona to say goodbye before a swift detour to Porto where he was thought to have undergone a medical, will end in the French capital with new teammates already queuing up to welcome him.
Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore is already set to surrender his symbolic number 10 shirt to his fellow South American at the Parc des Princes, where Neymar could be unveiled to fans on Saturday evening when PSG open their new Ligue 1 season against Amiens.
“I want him to feel comfortable and happy from day one,” Pastore told Cadena SER radio. On Wednesday, Barcelona admitted defeat in convincing Neymar to stay at the Camp Nou where he has played since 2013. The player travelled to Porto by private jet from
Barcelona surrounded by his entourage, including his father and agent Neymar Sr, after saying goodbye to his Barca teammates.
Among that party was Wagner Ribeiro, an advisor to the player, who claimed PSG would pay his 222 million euro buyout clause in the “coming hours”. That would more than double the current transfer record set by Paul Pogba’s 105.2 million euro move to Manchester
United last year.
Meet the world’s costliest football player
198 million British Pounds is the transfer fee of Neymar from Barcelona to PSG. This makes him the costliest player in the world.
Neymar joined Barcelona in 2013, has scored 105 goals for the Spanish club, guiding them to two league titles, three Copas del Rey and a Champions League crown.
MSN strike force
Neymar is part of Barcelona's 'MSN' strike force, which also features Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. In the past three seasons, the trio went on to score 250 goals between them in 299 appearances they made.
Neymar best season was 2014-15
Neymar’s best goal-scoring season came in 2014-15, when he netted 39 times in helping Barca to the treble under Luis Enrique
Barcelona is now scouting for potential replacements fom the last few months with the likes of Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Juventus forward Paulo Dybala in the race. However, the main target of the Catalans is Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele, who is expected to sign a deal worth around £70m.