The Transfer of the Century
Nearly two weeks ago, when the initial rumours began about Neymar joining PSG, they were brushed aside pretty easily and felt hard to comprehend.
On Thursday, L’Equipe report that the “transfer of the century” is close and this view is now starting to be shared by those in Barcelona as well.
According to the reliable French newspaper, Neymar has agreed personal terms with PSG.
Neymar will sign on at PSG for five seasons and will earn 30 million euros net per campaign.
L’Equipe write: “everything seems ready, or almost, to close the transfer of the century”.
Barcelona & PSG have started discussing the move
Most crucially, Barcelona and PSG have now started discussing the move.
As is well known, Neymar has a 222 million euro release clause at Barcelona.
However, in Spain the player has to deposit the release clause which ensures a huge tax charge on the operation.
By agreeing a fee with Barcelona, PSG can save themselves a lot of money but it also means the Catalans will likely earn more as well.
Essentially, the clubs would agree a figure above the clause that would cover the expectations of Barca without damaging the deal for PSG.
The Nikola Karabatic precedent
Incredibly, there is precedent for this type of operation between PSG and Barcelona, albeit at much lower fees than the proposed Neymar transfer.
In 2015, PSG signed handball star Nikola Karabatic from Barcelona for 1.2 million euros. His release clause with the Catalans stood at 1 million euros.
Were Neymar to deposit 222 million euros, the money would be valued as an advance on salary or transfer premium, producing the tax burden.
So what now for Neymar, PSG & Barcelona?
Due to the complicated nature of this transfer that would shatter what Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba, it looks like the ball is in Neymar’s court.
PSG can only make their proposal to Barcelona if it has the authorisation of the player, who for now remains silent.
There are now widespread suggestions that Neymar will make his move for the exit at Barcelona before his current side play Real Madrid on Saturday in Florida.