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Barcelona confirm Neymar has requested transfer to PSG

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It’s official, then

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Neymar Jr. is one step away from a world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. Barcelona confirmed on Wednesday that the Brazilian has requested a move to PSG, but the French club must pay the €222 million release clause to complete the deal.

Here’s the complete statement from Barça’s website:

The player Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and agent, has informed FC Barcelona this morning of his decision to leave the Club in a meeting held at the Club’s offices.

Faced with this position, the Club has informed them they refer to the buy-out clause of his existing contract which as of 1 July totals 222 million euros which will have to be deposited in its entirety.

Furthermore, in reply to the claim for the contract extension bonus, the Club has once again made it clear that the amount remains deposited with a notary until the case is resolved.

The player remains under contract at FC Barcelona but with temporary permission to not take part in training sessions.

Source: FCBarcelona.com