Neymar set for Spain return as PSG, Barcelona conclude negotiations


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Barcelona and Paris St-Germain (PSG) have “reached an agreement on the value of Neymar” as the two sides move closer to a deal, according to BBC Football.

Following the successful negotiations, Neymar may rejoin the Nou Camp club before Monday’s La Liga transfer deadline at 23:00 BST.

Both Barcelona and  PSG agree that Neymar is worth 200m euros (£182m), but to pay less Barca have offered defender Jean-Clair Todibo and midfielder Ivan Rakitic, plus forward Ousmane Dembele on a season-long loan.

Officials from the two sides met in Paris on Tuesday to agree on a deal. However, the stumbling block is that the three players have rejected the move.

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Neymar, 27, joined PSG from Barcelona in 2017 for a world record fee of 222m euros (£200m).

Speaking to a news conference on Thursday, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel said Neymar will not be involved in the Ligue 1 game against Metz on Friday.

Despite the progress, the deal hinges on the three players agreeing on a move to Paris, as they insist on”not knowing anything about it” being included in the transfer talks.

Balague added: “It is not done. There is still a big bridge to be crossed because none of the three players have said they want to go. Dembele’s agent recently said he is ‘200%’ staying at Barcelona.”

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