Barcelona Confirms Neymar Departure, PSG Move Imminent

epa06113761 FC Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar during a team training session at Barry University in Miami, Florida, USA, 27 July 2017. FC Barcelona will play against Real Madrid in El Clasico Miami on 29 July. EPA/JUANJO MARTIN

Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, earlier today gave wantaway forward, Neymar, permission to “sort out his future”, as the Brazilian was authorized to miss training on Wednesday.

25-year-old Neymar have been linked to a world record transfer move to PSG all summer, with PSG reportedly ready to pay his £198m release fee.

Confirming the transfer speculations, Barcelona released a communiqué, which read: “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.”

Neymar and his father arrive Barcelona’s training this morning to push through the deal before the forward was excused from training with his team mates.

However, Barcelona emphasized that PSG must pay Neymar’s £198m release clause in full before the Brazilian will be allowed to leave the Camp Nou.

“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.” the communiqué concluded.