Paris Saint-Germain preparing €222m move for Barcelona star

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In early-September, following Paul Pogba's £89 million move to Manchester United, super agent Mino Raiola predicted football's first £200 million transfer would happen "within three or four years".

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: "How the economy is evolving, especially in the Premier League, we will not be far away - within three or four years - from a £200 million deal.

"I even think that maybe within two or three years that can happen."


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When Raiola's words came to light, many were quick to quash his claim - but he might have been on to something.

The Italian-born Dutchman also predicted how football's first £200 million deal might involve a Brazilian, or a player hailed as the new Neymar or Lionel Messi.

"They will probably be Brazilian," he added, "because they add something special. A wonder child like the new Neymar or the new Messi for sure will make £200 million."

Well, he's definitely on to something, because according to Goal, Paris Saint-Germain are lining up a sensational €222 million deal to sign Neymar from Barcelona in 2017.

The Ligue 1 champions have reportedly been 'saving up' to broker a world-record transfer for the Brazil superstar, who they tried signing in the recent summer transfer window.

Neymar's agent, Wagner Ribeiro, revealed how PSG offered the 24-year-old private jets and hotels to swap Catalonia for Paris but failed in their attempts.

"We were talking for two hours and Neymar was excited," Ribeiro said, per the Daily Mail. "Al-Khelaifi explained that tax would not be an issue and he'd be No.1 in the team, which cannot happen at Barcelona.

"I told Neymar it was an unrealistic proposal, he'd become the highest paid player in the world.

"If Neymar stayed in Barcelona it's because he's happy there, in the club and the city. I wanted him to go to PSG but his father advised him to stay."

The issue Barcelona may face is Neymar's desire to be the main man. At the Camp Nou, Lionel Messi reigns supreme, with Luis Suarez also vying to be No.1.

Wage demands have also been a long-standing issue in Catalonia, with Neymar reportedly keen to join - if not succeed - Messi as top earner at the club.

PSG will need to act fast to have any hope of signing Neymar for €222 million, though, considering how the Brazilian's contract dictates his release clause will rise each year until 2018.

It currently stands at £172 million, but will increase to £199 million in 2017 and then a staggering £215 million in 2018, which will see him level with Messi.

Suddenly, football's first ever £200 million deal doesn't seem so impossible after all.

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