French league asks La Liga to approve Neymar deal – latest

Neymar or four Kyle Walkers? Or how about an entire Premier League XI?

Armed with £198m – the world record fee Paris St-Germain are set to pay for Barcelona forward Neymar – we want you to buy a team made up of Premier League players who have moved this summer.

Select your best XI within the £198m limit and tweet us with the results, including your total to #bbcfootball.

Chris Froome

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If I am being honest, I could not be fussed about how many potatoes you could buy for one Neymar.

But Cycling Weekly have worked out the number of years Team Sky could run for and how many Chris Froomes equals one Neymar.


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Lille director general Marc Ingla has been speaking to the BBC World Service about Neymar’s move to PSG.

He said: “It is amazing. We invested in Lille knowing that Ligue 1 has a bright future and Neymar is an accelerator to this bright future of Ligue 1. The young talent pool we have here is the best in Europe. That is why France is the number one exporting country in football. And that is why we think Ligue 1 is ripe for growth.

“I don’t get why it should be number five in terms of money generated and audience generated. It does not mirror the talent potential we have. So I see Neymar’s arrival as an accelerator for Ligue 1’s potential and the possibility to shine globally.

Arsene Wenger

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Did Arsene Wenger see Neymar’s world-record £198m move to Qatar-owned PSG coming?

The Arsenal boss has said: “For me it is the consequence of ownerships which has changed completely the landscape of football.

“Once a country owns a club it becomes very difficult.”

‘Big hug’

In more serious news, another Barcelona player, Ivan Rakitic, has paid tribute to Neymar…

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Neymar signs…?

Incredible scenes unfolding.

National League North side North Ferriby United have announced the signing of Neymar from Barcelona, saying they have “pipped PSG to the post”.

It’s all a big joke…obv.

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BREAKINGFrench league ask La Liga to approve deal

The French league (LFP) said in a statement:

The LFP is surprised and does not understand the refusal of La Liga to simply accept the payment of the release clause of the player Neymar.

The LFP asks the Liga to abide by the Fifa rules and its responsibilities.

The LFP supports Paris Saint-Germain and wishes Neymar to join the Ligue 1 championship.

The legal services of the LFP are in support and at the disposal of Paris Saint-Germain so that the Neymar contract is approved as soon as possible.

It’s all happening now. The French league have had their say…


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Shirt sales, player sale, prize money.

Will the income from those be enough for PSG to escape FFP sanctions following Neymar’s £198m move?

Reality Check investigates.

BREAKINGBarca wait on Neymar developments

Barcelona says it is “waiting to see how the situation develops” after La Liga refused to accept the payment of Neymar’s £198m release clause that would clear his way to sign for Paris Saint-Germain.

A Barcelona official told the Associated Press that the club will make no comment about the league’s refusal and it is “waiting to see how the situation develops.”

Angry Barca fans


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They have taken to their barbecues and are burning their Neymar shirts.

No joke.

Head here to watch the video

Who should replace Neymar?

Paulo Dybala

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The Barcelona supporters have spoken.

Spanish newspaper AS conducted a poll to find out who Barca fans want to replace Neymar.

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala topped the chart, taking 37% of the vote.

Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann was in second with 27% and Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe was third.


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Manchester United never considered Neymar as a possible signing this summer despite the Barcelona forward’s imminent world record £198m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

United explored the possibility of signing the 25-year-old two years ago but a senior club source told the Manchester Evening News Neymar was “never mentioned as a prospect” this summer.t expecting Neymar delay

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A senior source within PSG has told BBC Sport they are not anticipating any significant delay in signing Neymar following La Liga’s rejection of his buy out clause payment.

The club believes La Liga are acting unlawfully and they are taking unspecified steps to resolve the situation.

Graeme: How can the league reject the offer. The release clause is as ridiculous as the offer. They should accept & move on.

Ajay Jacob: La Liga refuses payment?! This now has all the makings of a Bollywood blockbuster. Pure drama.

Adi B: I think UEFA should step in and resolve this at the earliest (Neymar saga).

More than about football

It’s the biggest transfer in football history but is he worth it?

Brazilian journalist Fernando Duarte tells BBC Minute that Neymar’s move to Paris St-Germain is about more than just football.


Andy K‏: The Dream Team??

What will PSG be getting?


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A winner, that is for sure. Neymar’s list of honours include:


Champions League (2015)

La Liga (2015, 2016)

Copa Del Rey (2015, 2016, 2017)

Club World Cup (2015)


Copa Libertadores (2011)

Campeonato Paulista (2010, 2011, 2012)

Copa do Brasil (2010)


Olympic gold medal (2016)

Confederations Cup (2013)

‘Love you, little bro’

First Messi, now Suarez has taken to Instagram to wish Neymar good luck on his move to PSG.

The message read: “My friend I wish you the best in everything that comes!!! Also thank you for your support, for everything that I learned with you and for the unique moments that we spent together!!!! Keep like this and never change love you little bro.”

Parisien windfall

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The French Budget Minister is happy.

Gerald Darmanin said he would be “delighted” at the prospect of Neymar paying his taxes in France, once he moves to PSG.

“If Neymar does indeed come to a French club, the budget minister will be delighted at the taxes that he will be able to pay in France,” Darmanin said on France Inter radio.

“It’s better for this player to pay his taxes in France rather than pay them elsewhere.”

What the papers say

We are going all Gazzetta on you now.

Is that James Richardson with glasses? Nope, it is our very own Richard Conway outside a cafe in Paris – minus croissant – as he looks through the newspapers.

Hit the play button below.

‘Transfer of the century’ What are the French papers writing about Neymar?

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French president is happy

Emmanuel Macron


French President Emmanuel Macron gave his seal of approval to Barcelona forward Neymar’s expected transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

“It adds attractiveness. Yes, it’s good news,” Macron told journalists as he visited a holiday centre for children outside Paris.

Macron also congratulated Qatari-owned PSG’s chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who was attending the same event.

“Congratulations, I believe there has been good news,” the president told Al-Khelaifi.

Gone already

A poster of Neymar outside the Nou Camp stadium has already been replaced.

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From the tiki-taka playground that is Barcelona to the cash-rich clubhouse of Paris St-Germain, Brazil forward Neymar is set to swap a European football giant for one hoping to scale such heights – at world record cost.

But in a summer that’s already got tongues wagging over eye-watering transfer deals, how do you feel about the deal?

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Andrew Kemp‏: Since when is La Liga UEFAs police? Contract is contract. They pay the money and Neymar can leave. La Liga on legal thin ice.

Wild Dog‏: If the buyout clause cannot be met through law, then wouldn’t that mean the original contract is void? Free transfer?

Pete‏: La Liga sour grapes?

Real Madrid put a one billion euros buyout clause in Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest contract to ward off interest from other clubs.

Why didn’t Barcelona do the same with Neymar? Did they feel £198m was out of every club’s reach?

How are buyout clauses activated?

Confused? Yeh, me too, but this should clear matters up…

The biggest difference between Spanish buyout clauses and release clauses more common in other big leagues around the world is the manner in which they must be triggered.

Rather than the buying club merely paying the selling club the amount set by the contract, the player himself must buy himself out.

This is done by depositing the amount of the buyout clause with La Liga to release the player from his contract. La Liga then pass the money onto the selling club.

Normally this will require the buying club to pay the player the sum of the buyout clause up front.



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A hold up?

Representatives of PSG and Neymar arrived at La Liga’s offices on Thursday to deposit the £198m to trigger his release clause from Barcelona…

…but the organisation has not accepted it, report AS.

The organisation deems it impossible that PSG can finance a move for the Brazilian without violating the Financial Fair Play regulations imposed by Uefa.

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Neymar’s lawyer, Juan de Dios Crespo, has paid the £198m required to the Spanish league and release the player from his Barcelona contract, report Marca.

The Brazil forward will now ask Fifa to provisionally confirm the transfer in order that he can make his debut at the weekend in the Ligue 1 opener against Amiens.