Neymar completes PSG switch
04 August 2017,
Paris St-Germain have signed Brazil forward Neymar for a world record fee of £200m from Barcelona, the Ligue 1 club have confirmed.
Neymar has switched to the French capital on a five-year deal and will earn almost £41m a year before tax from the initial deal, a total outlay of £400m for Paris St-Germain.
The French side have arranged a news conference for 12:30 BST on Friday. Neymar will then be introduced to fans on Saturday at PSG’s first game of the season against Amiens at the Parc des Princes.
“Paris St-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings.”
Neymar, 25, had told Barcelona earlier this week of his desire to leave and he said he has joined “one of the most ambitious clubs in Europe”.
He says he will do whatever he can to help Paris St-Germain and their fans achieve the titles that they crave.
“Paris St-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings,” he said in a statement released by his new club.
“I feel ready to take the challenge. From today, I will do everything I can to help my new team-mates.”
Paris St-Germain have long coveted the Champions League title. Despite knocking Neymar and Barcelona out in the last-16 last season, Europe’s most coveted prize once again eluded the Parisians.