Messi bids Neymar farewell

Ruben Hill
August 3, 2017

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has left a heartfelt message bidding farewell to his striking partner Neymar as the latter edges closer to a record-breaking deal to Paris St-Germain (PSG).

Earlier Barcelona had announced via an official statement that the manager Ernesto Valverde has allowed Neymar to miss training on Wednesday.

Speaking to the Madrid-based paper AS prior to the announcement that Neymar had been granted permission to leave Barca training, Tebas slammed the French outfit and said they could not "gift" their supporters new players by "taking them" from others.

It was previously reported that the 25-year-old touched down in Dubai to discuss a move to Paris Saint Germain yesterday after Qatar's Al-Watan newspaper reported that Neymar was expected in Doha to meet PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Barcelona said Neymar did not specify where he wants to play next, but the only club speculated to be after him - and one of few which could handle the cost of the transfer - is the Qatari-owned PSG.

Meanwhile, Wagner Ribeiro, who is no longer officially Neymar's agent but still does work for his father's company, N&N Consulting, confirmed to ESPN FC he was in Paris to finalise a deal with PSG.

Barcelona have given Neymar permission to discuss a move away from the club but will insist his buy-out clause of 222million euros (£198.5million) is paid in full.

Given that Neymar is now expected to leave before completing that contract, Barca believe they should pay only a percentage of the fee.

Al-Khelaifi admitted that he hopes to be able to talk about the transfer in the future, but refused to discuss it while the Brazilian remains a Barcelona player.

The Brazil worldwide is on the brink of joining the French club from Barcelona in a deal which will smash the current world record which Manchester United set last summer when they paid £89m to Juventus for Paul Pogba.

The Brazilian has scored 105 goals for Barcelona, helping them to two league titles, three Copas del Rey and a Champions League crown.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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