Neymar Touches Down In Dubai As Barcelona Star Closes In On World Record PSG Transfer

Joe Mewis

Neymar has posted pictures of himself in Dubai as he appears to be closing in on a world record transfer to Paris-Saint Germain.

The Barcelona forward has been heavily linked with a €222million (£199m) move to the French side who are set to trigger his Nou Camp release clause.

This comes following reports that the Brazilian is due to fly to Qatar on Tuesday in order to discuss the move and undergo a medical.

The 25-year-old posted an Instagram story which showed him initially in Shanghai for a Replay modelling shoot, followed by snaps of him having lunch in Dubai.

Should he complete a move to the Ligue 1 side, Neymar will become the most expensive footballer of all-time, with PSG willing to pay more than double the fee Manchester United shelled out for Paul Pogba to Juventus last summer.

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On Monday Qatari newspaper El Watan and various European publications claimed Neymar will visit Doha to meet PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi ahead of what would be a historic move.

But fresh reports have since claimed that the medical may take place in Paris, amid a report from Spanish outlet Sport that Neymar has looked to delay the move in order for his father to pick up a €26million loyalty bonus.

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A five-year deal has been mooted for the Brazilian, with the Guardian reporting that the club going as far as preparing for his unveiling, as they look to come up with something even more spectacular than the Eiffel Tower presentation that Zlatan Ibrahimovic received when he signed.

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Neymar has a contract with Barca running until 2021 that contains a 222m euro release clause, which ambitious PSG, deposed by Monaco as French champions the last term, appear prepared to activate.

Thiago Silva and Dani Alves, both colleagues of Neymar in the Brazil squad, have both spoken about their countryman’s potential switch to Paris, with the latter urging his friend to “be brave”.

The player who Barca signed from Santos in 2013 was heavily involved in the Catalans’ 3-2 friendly victory over LaLiga arch-rivals Real Madrid in Miami on Saturday night.

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Last week Neymar added fuel to the speculation about his long-term future at Barca by storming out of training following an angry confrontation with team-mate Nelson Semedo. Hours later PSG defender Silva said details of a possible transfer might emerge “soon”.

Neymar, who was the catalyst for Barca’s famous Champions League comeback against PSG in March, has scored over 100 goals in all competitions for the Spanish giants.         (The Mirror)

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