Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said it's now possible a club could trigger Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi's €300 million (£272.8 million) release clause after Neymar broke the world transfer record with his move to Paris Saint-Germain.
The French titans splurged €222 million (£200 million) to bring Neymar to the Parc des Princes, and Klopp told broadcaster DAZN (h/t Goal's Jamie Smith) a club could now look to activate Messi's more expensive clause:
"It's pretty simple. Until now it was simply seen as impossible. Then there is the list, with the release-clauses for Barcelona. Leo Messi, €300 million.
"In a period of just a month that suddenly sounds possible too. That used to be an outrageous amount. They just set that amount randomly. I mean who would pay €300 million? And now it simply happened."
The fee that took Neymar to Paris was more than double the £89.3 million Manchester United paid to re-sign Paul Pogba from Juventus last summer, the previous world transfer record.
Some might argue there are few players out there of Neymar's talent who could fight to match his valuation, although it seems inevitable the transfer itself will act as a landmark in dictating the cost of future deals.
While Messi's release clause might have at one point seemed astronomical, in the wake of Neymar's move, Yahoo's Andrew Gaffney also recently pointed out Barca's risk tactics when compared to rivals Real Madrid:
Andrew Gaffney @GaffneyVLC
Messi's buyout clause is only €80m more than Neymar's but €700m less than Cristiano and Bale's. Why take the risk, eh?2017-8-2 11:42:01
In any case, there are only a few clubs out there who could boast not only the funds, but also the allure it would require to tempt the Argentina international away from his home of 17 years.
Of those elite few, PSG were teased by Sport Witness as one of the money-laden outfits who could pose a threat to Messi's signature should they wish:
Sport Witness @Sport_Witness
PSG, both previous to that and since, also suggested they'd pay Messi's buyout clause if Barcelona tried to sign their players.2017-8-2 18:45:37
World football's perception of money and the transfer market was already spiralling in recent years, but Klopp's comments suggest the fees teams pay for the world's finest could reach new levels.
If there's any player out there worthy of the cost, many would argue Messi to be him, and Klopp could be proved correct in asserting his €300 million cost no longer looks so far out of reach.