Still, if there’s any likelihood that PSG may not get their man, it will come as a result of finances, as Barcelona is insisting his €222 million buyout clause be paid in full.
As the club tweeted on Wednesday, however, “Neymar Jr. hasn’t trained on Wednesday with the permission of the coach.”
This came despite photographic evidence that Neymar had driven into the grounds. As ESPN FC notes, a spokesman for the club made the following statement:
“Firstly, the player came to training today as expected; secondly, he spoke to his teammates to say goodbye because his intention is to leave the club; and thirdly, due to the situation the manager has given him permission not to train.”
These comments were made in addition to the statement released by the club, which read in part:
“The player Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and agent, has informed FC Barcelona this morning of his decision to leave the Club in a meeting held at the Club’s offices.
“Faced with this position, the Club has informed them they refer to the buy-out clause of his existing contract which as of 1 July totals 222 million euros which will have to be deposited in its entirety.”
The club also claimed that they should not be required to pay the full €26m bonus Neymar’s father was due this week as part of the extension Neymar signed last year, claiming that if need be, “the amount remains deposited with a notary until the case is resolved.”
It remains to be seen how PSG will handle the situation, especially as others will be watching what more than one commentator has referred to as extortion on Neymar’s part.
In a separate story, ESPN FC reported earlier in the day that La Liga president Javier Tebas intended to lodge a complaint with UEFA over what he deemed “financial doping” on the part of PSG, noting what he felt was a clear breach of fair play principles.
“The complaint is ready and will be presented to UEFA, the European Union and the Swiss courts,” Tebas said. “Basically, the complaint will be over unfair competition and against teams that receive financial injections from owners that ‘gift’ players to their fans by taking them away from others. PSG are a clear example of ‘financial doping’ by club/state.
“PSG’s accounts reflect that they have more commercial income than Real Madrid or Manchester United, which is to say that their brand value is bigger than these two clubs. Well, that is impossible.”
Of course, it’s anyone’s guess as to what may come of Tebas’ complaint, however, as the head of UEFA’s FFP watchdog, Andrea Traverso, already made a statement that he had full faith that everything was on the up and up, saying he was confident PSG had “done their sums well.”
It’s expected that whatever deal Neymar signs with PSG may well break records, and it appears that an announcement may be coming soon, as ESPN FC previously reported that Neymar had already agreed terms on a contract, and Neymar’s former agent, Wagner Ribeiro reportedly noted that he was in Paris to help finalize a deal between Neymar and the club.
In yet another sign that an announcement may be close, PSG star Javier Pastore already told Cadena Ser, “I would like to offer my no. 10 to Neymar. I want him to be happy right from his first day at PSG.”
As for just when that announcement may be made official, however, no one yet will quite say.