Neymar, PSG Reportedly Reach Verbal Agreement on 6-Year Contract

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2017

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JULY 22:  Neymar #11 of Barcelona reacts to a missed shot in the first half against Juventus during the International Champions Cup 2017  on July 22, 2017 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Barcelona forward Neymar has reportedly agreed terms with Paris Saint-Germain over a six-year contract.

According to Carlos Carpio of Marca, Neymar's father recently met with PSG sporting director Antero Henrique and board member Sophie Jordan to finalise the transfer.

Carpio suggested the deal will go through when PSG "deposit the €222 million of [Neymar's] termination clause, which it appears will be done via the personal sponsorship of Qatar."

Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol provided further figures included in the report:

The initial report suggested the salary Neymar would earn at the Parc des Princes would match that of his Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi.

According to Carpio, the Brazilian came close to leaving the Blaugrana last summer, with Manchester City, Real Madrid and PSG all interested in taking him away from the Camp Nou.

Neymar's father is said to have held talks with PSG.
Neymar's father is said to have held talks with PSG.MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/Getty Images

PSG are said to be staying calm despite the pace at which the potential deal is moving, although "according to what the player's father has said to [PSG], it seems that this time Neymar will keep his word."

The report was echoed by a source Bryan Swanson of Sky Sports News quoted:

Neymar was in action for Barcelona on Saturday in New Jersey, netting twice in a dazzling performance against Juventus. After that 2-1 win, Blaugrana manager Ernesto Valverde downplayed the speculation.

"Barca are not going to go without Neymar," he said, per Sport. "We want him with us. We know the importance he has in our play."

Barcelona's coach Ernesto Valverde listens during a press conference at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, on July 21, 2017, a day before his team's match against Juventus FC.   / AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAM
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If PSG were to land the Barcelona man, it would smash the world-record transfer fee. That figure stands at £89 million, which Manchester United paid to re-sign Paul Pogba from Juventus in the summer of 2016.

Football journalist Ste Hoare believes that in a window that has seen prices spiral, Neymar may be worth the outlay:

For Barca, Neymar's departure would be a significant blow, as he has been crucial to their success in recent seasons alongside Messi and Luis Suarez.

However, if PSG are willing to buy the player out of his Barcelona contract, and the man himself is enticed by the Parc des Princes project, there is little the Catalan giants can do to prevent this transfer from going through.

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