Neymar arrives in Dubai ahead of world record £196m PSG move

Published August 1st, 2017 - 12:18 GMT
Neymar could complete his world record £196m transfer to the French side by the end of the week.
Neymar could complete his world record £196m transfer to the French side by the end of the week.

Neymar appears to have moved a step closer to finalising his £196million move to Paris Saint-Germain as the Brazilian has arrived in the Middle East ahead of a potential medical.

The unsettled Barcelona star has left China, where he was taking part in sponsorship responsibilities, and flown to Dubai. 

Neymar was expected to fly to Doha to undergo a medical with the French giants but he has made a pit stop in Dubai.

He looked cool, calm and collected as he posed for a picture while he dined out with his friends.

Neymar sang lyrics to Thiaguinho's 'Energia Surreal' as he was in a jovial mood with his close companions - including Jo Amancio and Alvaro Costa.  

The 25-year-old shared a snap of himself at lunch as PSG supporters prepared to welcome him to the French capital. 

He could complete his world record £196m transfer to the French side by the end of the week.

Neymar also shared an excerpt of the New Testament (Philippians 4:11) which conveyed that he was remaining strong despite controversy.

'I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

'I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.'

PSG's owners are based in the Middle East with chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi being a hugely successful Qatari businessman. 

The outgoing Barcelona star is expected to pen a six-year deal with the French club worth more than £500,000-a-week.

Senior figures in the Barcelona side such as Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta have publicly and privately attempted to persuade Neymar his future is best-served in Spain. 

However the Catalan club now seem destined to lose one-third of their ruthless three-pronged attack which also consists of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Neymar was previously in Shanghai, China, on Monday taking centre stage at the Replay new Fall/Winter 2017-18 fashion collection.


© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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