Brazilian superstar Neymar has reportedly agreed a five-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain and is due in Paris within the next two days to finalise the most expensive transfer in world football history. Barcelona confirmed the buyout clause of £198 million will have to be “deposited in its entirety”.
It is understood the total value of the deal is worth nearly £450m, which includes wages, bonuses and the buyout clause. Neymar has been offered a basic salary of £26.8m-a-year after tax, around £515,000-a-week.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the deal represents good value for money, but believes it will have damaging consequences for the transfer market.
“For £200m I don’t think he is expensive. I think he is expensive in the fact that now you are going to have more players at £100m, you are going have more players at £80m and more players at £60m. I think that’s the problem.”
And Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has questioned how such an outlay is possible within the confines of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules. “There are clubs that can pay fees like that,” he said. “Manchester City and PSG. Everyone knows that.
“I thought fair play was made so that situations like that can’t happen. That’s more of a suggestion than a real rule. I don’t understand that. I don’t know how it happens.”
A UEFA spokesman said on Monday: “PSG must respect Financial Fair Play rules as do all other clubs in Europe. They must demonstrate that they do not have losses of more than €30m over three years.”
Neymar had apparently been “close” to joining Manchester United in last summer’s transfer market but chose PSG after a further season at Barcelona. Neymar is expected to join five Brazilian international teammates at PSG, including Dani Alves and Thiago Silva.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has threatened to block the transfer but it’s understood PSG officials remain “very confident” there will be no issues with the buyout clause. PSG has yet to confirm whether an agreement has been reached.