Neymar given permission to leave Barcelona for PSG

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Neymar has been given permission to leave Barcelona as he looks set to join Paris St-Germain in a 222m euros (£198m) deal.

The Brazilian, 25, told his team-mates at training on Wednesday that he wanted to leave the Spanish giants.

He was then given permission by manager Ernesto Valverde not to train and to “sort out his future”.

Neymar’s father would also receive a hefty sum of commission from that deal too – likely to be around 10 per cent of the transfer fee.

Neymar came into prominence at an early age at Santos, where he made his professional debut aged 17. He helped the club win two successive Campeonato Paulista championships, a Copa do Brasil, and the 2011 Copa Libertadores, Santos’ first continental title since 1963.

Neymar was twice named the South American Footballer of the Year, in 2011 and 2012, before relocating to Europe to join Barcelona.

As part of Barça’s attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, he won the continental treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League in the 2014–15 season, followed the next year by the domestic double. He came third for the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2015.

Source: BBC

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