Barcelona has confirmed Neymar’s intention to leave bringing him one step closer to a Paris Saint Germain move.
He arrived at training on Wednesday with his father and representative, and told the Spanish club he wanted to leave.
He was then given permission by Barca manager Ernesto Valverde to skip training sessions, but his €222-million release clause will have to be paid. PSG are understood to be ready to pay for it.
“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,” read a statement on Barcelona’s website.
“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, which will have to be deposited in its entirety.”
The Brazilian has scored 105 goals for Barcelona, helping them to two league titles, three Copas del Rey and a Champions League crown.