Neymar will cost Paris Saint-Germain almost £500million after details emerged of his astronomical proposed move from Barcelona.
And it won’t deter the club’s billionaire backers from trying to land Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez with the Chilean striker STILL on their hit list.
The mind-boggling deal for Neymar – funded by PSG’s Qatari owners – doubles the total cost of football’s previous biggest overall transfer – Cristiano Ronaldo’s £80million move from Manchester United to Real Madrid which has cost the Spaniard’s £240million over the last eight years
The star’s agent father – Neymar Santos Sr – will be as bigger winner as the Brazilian striker himself.
His father with his dad banking an eye-watering £40million commission for brokering the transfer as well as taking an additional £4.5million in each of the six years of the deal as a 15 per cent sweetener on top of the striker’s £30million-a-year salary.
It’s a package only Manchester United or City could viably match – but there’s no hint either of the Premier League giants will try to hijack the deal for the outrageously talented South American with PSG agreeing to meet Barcelona’s £196million buy-out clause.
Barcelona bosses thought that would deter any suitors – but they hadn’t bargained on PSG’s determination to land one of the top three stars on the planet – Lionel Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar.
Neymar and his father are said to have been flattered and impressed at PSG’s pursuit of him – even though the club’s billionaire owners tried to lure Ronaldo to Ligue 1 at the end of last season.
PSG’s Qatari owners have been searching for a mega-star for the past year – and it looks like they have their man after Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu failed in one last bid to persuade Neymar and his father to stay at the Nou Camp.
The deal has implications under UEFA’S Financial Fair Play rules but the French giants are confident they can make the numbers work by spreading the package over the six year contract.