Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Barcelona confirm Neymar will leave as world record PSG move edges closer

Barcelona confirm Neymar will leave as world record PSG move edges closer

Barcelona confirmed head coach Ernesto Valverde gave Neymar permission to miss training on Wednesday morning after the player announced his desire to leave the club.

If the deal falls through, Neymar will become world's most expensive player after Paul Pogba, who completed a 98 million euro move to Manchester United from Juventus.

Neymar moved to Barcelona from Brazilian club Santos in 2013 for £48.6 million, and signed a new five-year deal with the 24-time Spanish champions in 2016.

However, La Liga president Javier Tebas has threatened not to accept PSG's money over what he perceives as a failure on the French side's part to comply with Uefa's financial fair play rules (FFP).

Uefa has said it has not received a complaint but would look into the details of the transfer if it goes ahead.

Neymar has also been given permission to not participate in training after making a brief appearance at Barca's training ground on Wednesday.

"We will make a complaint to Uefa and if they don't do anything we will take it to the competition tribunals in Switzerland and Brussels".

It would potentially in breach of UEFA Financial Fair Play rules, he told Spanish sports newspaper AS. He was angry with me and said that he did not understand.

Under the fair play rules - which Andrea Traverso, UEFA's FFP project leader, was last week quoted by Italian newspaper Gazetta dello Sport as saying PSG were now following - a club's wage bill must not exceed 70 per cent of its revenue.

Tebas said that he was questioning not just how PSG would fund the potential €222m fee but also Neymar's salary, which an ESPN FC source said last month would be around €30m a year after taxes.

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