Paris Saint-Germain inching forward on €180m move for Kylian Mbappe
Aug 13 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Neymar's world-record €222 million ($262 million) transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain was completed last week, but the Brazil worldwide has yet to be granted permission to play.
A spokesperson for the LFP said: "The Spanish federation of football has until Thursday night to send the global contract of transfer to the French federation of football, who send it back to the French professional football league, and then Neymar can play with PSG this weekend". There is no reason for this hold-up to continue. Neymar is there to give the team a little more.
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Barcelona legend Xavi has aimed a sly parting dig at Neymar after his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain by calling Lionel Messi the best player in the world and Luis Suarez the best striker.
"The FFF and the French Professional Football League have finalised all administrative details, qualifying the Brazilian global to play for Les Rouge et Bleu immediately". That is why the Catalans want to withhold this sum, because Neymar played only one of the five contract years in Barcelona, agreed in October 2016.
While the situation between Barcelona and Neymar appears to have ended, the La Liga team's drama trying to replace its former star has just begun.
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He said: "Of course with Neymar it's different, but it's three points to play for and we'll try to win the match".
The Brazil global, who won the Champions League alongside Xavi in 2015, sealed a £198m move to Paris Saint-Germain last week after four years at the Nou Camp which also saw him win two La Liga titles and three Copa del Rey crowns. "He's a player we need".
The French champions had wanted to hold on to Mbappe for another season but the Sun says his dad "convinced Monaco to let the youngster leave this summer instead of hanging on for another 12 months".
The 18-year-old started in their opening 3-2 victory over Toulouse last weekend, as captain Radamel Falcao found the net.
Lyon's youthful side started with a 4-0 thumping of Strasbourg last week and travel out to Brittany to take on Rennes today.