Neymar pays £198m buyout clause to Barcelona ahead of PSG transfer

Barcelona have confirmed that Neymar’s €222 million (£198m) release clause has been paid ahead of the Brazilian’s world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

Earlier on Thursday, lawyers Juan de Dios Crespo and Marcos Motta travelled to La Liga’s headquarters in Madrid to pay the release clause but their attempt was rejected.

La Liga argued that the deal would be in breach of Financial Fair Play regulations and their decision was also to protect Spain’s top clubs.

But Barcelona have now announced that the 25-year-old’s representatives have visited their offices to pay the player’s termination clause, which now means he is free to join PSG.

A statement from Barcelona read: ‘On Thursday afternoon Neymar Jr’s legal representatives visited in person the Club’s offices and made the payment of 222 million euros in the player’s name with regards to the unilateral termination of the contract that united both parties.

‘As such, the Club will pass on to UEFA the details of the above operation so that they can determine the disciplinary responsibilities that may arise from this case.’

Both Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have paid tribute to Neymar ahead of his world-record move to the French club after he he was given permission to skip Barcelona training on Wednesday.

Reports in France claim that Neymar will sign a five-year contract worth €30m (£27m) net per year, which is close to €600,000 (£540,000) per week after tax.

It’s expected that Neymar will be officially unveiled as a PSG player on Friday.


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