PSG are set to activate the €222million (£199million) release clause in Neymar’s contract and make him the most expensive player in history.
Lionel Messi has confirmed Neymar’s exit from Barcelona and wished the Brazil forward good luck for the “new stage” of his life.
He took to his Instagram account to share a video and as well share a touching farewell tribute to the Brazil star.
Fue un placer enorme haber compartido todos estos años con vos, amigo @neymarjr. Te deseo mucha suerte en esta nueva etapa de tu vida. Nos vemos Tkm
It was a huge pleasure to have shared all these years with you, friend @ neymarjr. I wish you good luck in this new stage of your life. See you TKM
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Neymar was at Barca’s training ground on Wednesday to inform his team-mates and the board that he would be leaving the club.
The switch brings one of the summer’s big transfer sagas to an end with the news met with huge excitement in Paris.
Although, It is rumoured that Neymar’s motivation to leave Barcelona is born out of a desire to escape Messi’s shadow and be the main man somewhere else.
Barcelona released a statement earlier today revealing the player and his father had handed in a transfer request.
The statement read:
“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 €222million which will have to be deposited in its entirety.
“Furthermore, in reply to the claim for the contract extension bonus, the club has once again made it clear that the amount remains deposited with a notary until the case is resolved.
“The player remains under contract at FC Barcelona but with temporary permission to not take part in training sessions.”