Over the weekend reports emerged Barcelona forward Neymar told Paris Saint-Germain that he is eager to move to the club and agreed personal terms with them for a contract.
As a result, the team are now able to go forward with their plans to trigger the Brazil international’s €222 million buyout clause.
It was reported by ESPN that Neymar and his father held talks with PSG’s owners and sporting director Antero Henrique and they reached an agreement for a contract that would last at least four years.
If Neymar does join the team he is expected to earn about €30 million a year after taxes and will also be given a huge signing bonus.
There were also reports in the French newspaper Le Parisien that Neymar, who is currently in the US with Barcelona, has already told a number of his teammates that he is leaving for PSG.
The reports are claiming that the biggest question is no longer whether Neymar wants to join PSG, but whether the owners at PSG are able to finance what would be a world record fee.
At the start of the summer PSG said that its transfer budget was €220 million, safely within the framework of UEFA’s financial fair play rules. However, after the team signed Dani Alves and Yuri Berchiche it is not clear how the club could finance Neymar’s proposed salary.
The sale of Jean-Kevin Augustin cancelled out the signings in terms of transfer fees, but other players would need to be moved in order to make sufficient space on the wage bill.
There are a number of methods that the team can consider but they would have to involve third parties such as the player and club sponsors Nike. All eyes are sure to be on the team in the coming days to see what they come up with.