Eventually there was going to be a £100 million player, and it seems that Barcelona star Neymar is set to become that and then some.
When news initially broke of a move to Paris Saint Germain, most people took it with a pinch of salt, but given Neymar has now told friends he’s off, and several credible sites have reported on that, it seems said deal is set to take place.
This is a world where Kyle Walker costs tens of millions of pounds, so the likes of Neymar was never going to come cheap, but 222 million euros is an eye-watering amount.
Neymar apparently wants to leave in order to get out of the shadow Lionel Messi has cast, and while he likes the player personally and professionally, he wants to win the Ballon d’Or, and knows that won’t happen while the duo play their club football together.
That, plus unrest between his father and Barcelona mean a move is a-go, with Chelsea and Manchester United priced out by PSG’s massive offer to pay his release clause.
Twitter couldn’t deal with it, and people had a range of reactions.
The best of Twitter
Barca pestering PSG for Verratti and PSG responding by triggering Neymar's clause would be the most boss move in football history.
— RG⁶ (@registability) July 19, 2017
BREAKING: Live scenes of PSG negotiating with Neymar. pic.twitter.com/xJajk6B2xm
— M•A•J (@UltraSuristic_) July 19, 2017
£200m for Neymar is ridiculous. You can get four Kyle Walkers for that kind of money.
— Simon Lloyd (@SmnLlyd5) July 18, 2017
Good luck to Neymar and all. But you have to wonder a little about this capitalism thing. pic.twitter.com/LVQ15CBgtL
— Jo Maugham QC (@JolyonMaugham) July 19, 2017
Our fans are excited for Neymar to PSG rumors. If the transfer happens, Cristiano will again be the second best player in Spain. #HalaMadrid
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrideen) July 19, 2017
I'll genuinely give everyone who RT's this tweet €50,- if Neymar stays at Barcelona. I'm that confident he will move to PSG.
— Xav Salazar (@XavsFutbol) July 19, 2017
PSG triggering Neymar's clause. Y'all wild!
— Brian (@brian_b393) July 19, 2017
yup they can leave suarez but not neymar he's something else.
— HBD RAJAT (@sayanx_) July 19, 2017
My sources tell me Neymar's news of leaving is due to PSG having to deal with the same news via Veratti. We did it to them, it's payback.
— Giancarlo G (@19LeoMessi10) July 19, 2017
GloboEsporte: Neymar told his friends he's going to PSG.
Kinda big source. Still probably wants a bigger contract.
— The Church of Messi (@sejmikFCB) July 19, 2017
I don't know why but I'd like a guy like Marcelo to talk to Neymar right now. Talk some sense into him so he can deny the rumours.
— Fakeer (@Iniestic) July 19, 2017