They have given him permission to miss training as he nears a move to PSG.
It appears Neymar‘s move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain is imminent after the Spanish club revealed he has stated his intention to leave Camp Nou.
In a statement posted by the Spanish giants minutes ago, Neymar was accompanied by his father and agent, Neymar Sr., to meet with the club.
‘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.’
Barcelona further implied that Neymar’s staggering £198m (€222m) buy-out clause has been met, though, stressed that he remains a Barcelona player.
‘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.
‘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.’
Neymar, who flew back to Catalonia on Tuesday after a promotional trip to China, had been expected to resume training on Wednesday despite being strongly linked with a move to PSG.
When completed, the deal would eclipse the current record fee of £89.3m (€105m) paid by Manchester United to Juventus for Paul Pogba in August 2016.
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