Barca release statement as huge Neymar row erupts

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 2, 2017

Barcelona are ready to say goodbye to Neymar ahead of his imminent £198m world record move to Paris Saint-Germain after he missed training on Wednesday, with officials at the club growing exhausted of what they see as greedy attempts from his entourage to secure him as much money as possible.

Barcelona later confirmed that manager Ernesto Valverde had granted permission for him to go, amid reports the club had briefed Spanish journalists that Neymar was free to leave.

The club says that it "referred them to the release clause in his current contract, which as of July 1 is 222 million euros, which must be paid in full".

Neymar returned to Barcelona on Tuesday but only spent 40 minutes at their training ground where he reportedly said his goodbyes to the players and coaching staff.

PSG's squad contains four players who have played with Neymar for Brazil, with Dani Alves - also a former team-mate at Barcelona - having already joined the club this summer.

Barcelona will ensure UEFA look at any new sponsorship deals that PSG or Neymar sign with Qatar-based entities that could be interpreted as breaking FFP rules.

PSG must now complete the deal by paying the buyout clause.

In an interview published on Wednesday, the president of the national football league, Javier Tebas, said the league would not accept payment by PSG to trigger the release clause. "And, from there, we don't rule out going through the courts in France and Spain".

"We respect all contracts signed with other clubs and players".

Despite the staggering amount of money they would receive for him, losing Neymar would be a major blow for Barcelona, with the 25-year-old still yet to reach his peak.

PSG, though, have always been aware of the implications of FFP on this transfer and have been working on ways of complying with that and still landing Neymar.

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