Neymar has finally completed his world-record £198m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in a deal the French side say ’emphasises more than ever the club’s aims to rise to the top of world football.’
After weeks of intense speculation regarding the move, the 25-year-old has signed a five-year contract worth £500,000 a week and is in line to make his debut on Saturday at home to Amiens in Ligue 1. He will wear the No 10 shirt, as revealed by Dugout.
The head of Spain’s La Liga, Javier Tebas, did his best to sabotage the transfer by rejecting attempts by the Brazilian to pay his buy-out fee at the league offices on Thursday morning.
With the French season starting on Friday and Neymar desperate to make his PSG debut against Amiens, the Spanish League — still reeling from losing a poster-boy player — appeared to have succeeded in bringing the deal to a temporary halt.
But the sports lawyer representing Neymar, Juan de Dios Crespo, later deposited the cheque directly with Barcelona to free the player to be presented as PSG’s new signing.