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  • Neymar to PSG for $263 million


    Agencies (Qasioun) - The Brazilian forward Neymar is expected to complete the richest transfer in soccer history this week after informing his club, Barcelona, that he wishes to join Paris Saint-Germain. The transfer fee alone will cost the French team $263 million, more than doubling the previous record.


    As well as meeting the buyout clause in the player’s contract at Barcelona — €222 million, a figure once thought to be out of the question even for the world’s richest clubs — P.S.G. is prepared to pay Neymar around €30 million a year, after taxes (about $35 million), in salary over the next five years. Neymar’s father, who also acts as his agent, is expected to earn a commission in the region of €40 million.


    Some estimates have put the total cost of the deal to P.S.G.’s Qatari owners at more than half a billion dollars, including various image rights allowances and, according to at least one report, a possible ambassadorial role for Neymar during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.


    Source: New York Times

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