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Footballer Neymar set to complete world record transfer

Footballer Neymar set to complete world record transfer
From Al Jazeera - August 2, 2017

Neymar could be presented as a Paris Saint-Germain player as early as this weekend for a world record fee of $263mas Barcelona admitted defeat in convincing the Brazilian striker to stay at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

After saying goodbye to his Barca teammates, Neymar has travelled to Porto - where PSG sporting director Antero Henrique had worked until recently -by private jet from Barcelona to complete his medical. He was surrounded by his entourage, including his father and agent Neymar Sr.

At $263m, Neymar's buyout clause would more than double the current transfer record set by Paul Pogba's $111m move to Manchester United last year.

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Earlier, Barcelona ended weeks of speculation by publicly confirming for the first time the 25-year-old's wish to leave after four years at the Camp Nou.

"Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and representative, communicated to FC Barcelona this morning his decision to leave the club," Barcelona said in a statement.

"The club have informed them that the buyout clause in his contract, that from July 1 is 222 million euros ($260m), must be paid in full."

Neymar has been tempted to Paris by an astronomical offer that would reportedly see his wages tripled to 30 million euros ($35.6m) a year after tax.

Neymar could pay all of our student loans off and have change at the end of the week

Russell Westbrook (@J_Mitch93) August 2, 2017

However, on the field he also faces the challenge of stepping out of the shadow of five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi to try and prove himself as the world's best.

Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 2, 2017

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