The Brazilian Neymar could arrive in Paris in the coming hours, according to a source close to the file, and be presented Friday or Saturday to the media and supporters of the PSG After the farewell to his teammates Barça and after a mysterious stopover in Porto.
The presentation of the player by the French club will take place “probably this weekend”, revealed Wagner Ribeiro, adviser of Neymar, present with him and his father at the airport of Barcelona in the early afternoon, before The departure for Porto.
A calendar validated by a Parisian source indicating an expected arrival of the player and his entourage at midday on Thursday.
The expected epilog of a soap opera that lasts for two weeks seems close: the 222 million euros of clause liberating Brazilian contract with Barca should be settled at the Catalan club. An astronomical sum that explores the current record of 105 million euros, excluding bonuses, spent in the summer of 2016 for the transfer of Paul Pogba from Juventus to Turin to Manchester United.
In a statement, Barça had insisted shortly on the fact that the surrender clause “should be paid in full”.
The day had begun with the farewell of the player to his teammates. “Neymar came to train as planned and communicated to his teammates that he was going,” a spokesman for the club told AFP. The coach (Ernesto Valverde) gave him permission to Not to train and to look after his future. ”
The 25-year-old striker stayed for half an hour at the training center, first going into the coach’s office to notify him of his departure and then to the locker room where he took leave of his teammates a By one, according to the account of the Catalan daily newspaper Sport, before going to the airport where it was waiting for a private flight to Porto.
‘I’ll miss you guy!’
The icon Lionel Messi addressed him a message on Instagram: “It has been a huge pleasure to spend these years with you, + Amigo + I wish you a lot of luck in this new stage of your life. -he.
“Thank you, my brother, you will miss me,” replied NJR, endorsing his departure for the first time in a roundabout way.
Announced in London by several media, he actually went on board his private plane in Porto on Wednesday afternoon, with some media referring to a possible medical visit to the city of northern Portugal.
The PSG for its part given in the implication. When the Parisian side Thomas Meunier tweeted “Good then … this scoop”, the PSG replied with the same symbol, then writing: “We wait for a little more?”, With the symbol of an hourglass accompanied by “Soon” (soon).
The soap opera is no longer a reversal. The Spanish League president, Javier Tebas, is threatening to block the transfer by refusing to collect the money from the surrender clause, which must be deposited at his headquarters so that the player is released from his contract.
“We do not accept this money from a club such as the PSG that violates the standards and laws of financial fair play (FPF),” he said Wednesday to the sports daily As.
Tebas accuses the French club of “financial doping” by receiving “economic injections from countries that offer players to their supporters by withdrawing them to others”.
UEFA has told AFP that it will study the details of the transfer to ensure that this is done in accordance with the framework of the FPS.
The arrival of Neymar in Barcelona, in 2013, from Santos (mythical club of Pelé), had already shed in controversy. His transfer, the final amount of which remains unclear, has been the subject of several judicial inquiries.
The Spanish club was convicted of having camouflaged to the fisc some of the costs of the transaction. He will soon face a new trial for fraud and corruption between individuals, during which Neymar and his father, Neymar Sr., will also be tried.
Barça has also frozen a sum of 26 million euros from a notary, who was due to return to the Neymar clan this summer under the terms of the contract extension signed last year, until … 2021.