Neymar chose to join to Paris Saint Germain in the most sensational transfer market move in football history: Barcelona are about to cash a world record € 222m (£ 199m) fee for the Brazilian star, even tough the way this will happen is a little bizarre.
In fact, it’s rumoured that the company linked to PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Qatar Sports Investments, are going to pay Neymar € 300m ( £ 260m) to be the Qatar 2022 World Cup testimonial, so the player himself can pay his release-clause and join the French side as free-agent, so that the huge expense won’t be recorded and they can avoid FFP.
With such a big amount to invest on the market and the necessity to re-invest them and find a replacement for Neymar, Barcelona are ready to splash this cash on some of the best players in Europe.
The Blaugrana targeted three major footballers: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, Juventus’ Paulo Dybala and Chelsea star Eden Hazard.
The Catalan club wants to sign at least two of this stars to substitute Neymar and to show their power on the market after losing one of the best players in the world.
The Blues forward is still recovering from a broken ankle injury and won’t be back on the pitch until September, at least, but Barcelona are ready to place a £ 100m ( € 120m) to secure his services.
It would hard for Chelsea to reject such an offer and the Blues will have also to find a player to replace the Belgian star, but with £ 100m to re-invest it will be easier.