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Transfer rumors involving Neymar: Al-Hilal has reached an agreement with Paris St-Germain to sign a Brazilian forward.

Paris Saint-Germain has agreed to transfer Brazilian striker Neymar to Saudi Pro League club Al-Hilal for around 90 million euros (£77.6 million) plus add-ons.

The transfer is contingent on the 31-year-old passing a medical exam and completing all appropriate documentation.

Neymar, who joined PSG for a world record sum of £200 million in 2017, was left out of their team for Saturday’s Ligue 1 match against Lorient.

He was not in coach Luis Enrique’s plans for the upcoming season.

His departure also aligns with PSG’s aim of moving away from the ‘Galacticos’ period of recruiting high-profile players for large prices and high wages, with Lionel Messi also departing earlier this summer.

Neymar was said to make around 25 million euros (£21.6 million) per year in France.

He will apparently be paid 150 million euros (£129.2 million) every year in Saudi Arabia, which is six times his salary at PSG.

The Brazilian appeared in 173 games with PSG, helping the team win 13 trophies, including five Ligue 1 crowns and reaching the 2020 Champions League final.

However, his tenure in Paris has been plagued by a series of ankle problems.

The former Barcelona star underwent surgery in March, causing him to miss the remainder of the season, and he just returned to training in July.

He was injured in Brazil’s first group encounter and missed two of the country’s World Cup matches in 2022.

The forward missed the 2019 Copa America due to ruptured ligaments in his right ankle, and he lost many weeks in 2021 due to a similar injury.

The news of Neymar’s signing came just 24 hours after PSG’s Kylian Mbappe was reintegrated back into first-team training following constructive talks with the club.

The France forward, 24, has been in a contract dispute with PSG over a desire to join Real Madrid, but his current term is set to expire next summer.

Mbappe was again left out of the team for the game against Lorient, which he watched from the stands.

PSG granted Al-Hilal permission to speak with Mbappe last month after the Saudi side made a world-record £259 million proposal.

If completed, the Neymar deal will cap a record summer spending spree by Saudi teams, highlighting the league’s aim to become one of the world’s top competitions in the coming years.

Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Jordan Henderson, Ruben Neves, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino are among those who have relocated to Saudi Arabia.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese superstar, joined Al-Nassr from Manchester United in January.

Pep Guardiola stated the Saudi league’s financial muscle “changed the market” after Riyad Mahez left Manchester City to join Al-Ahli in July.

“No one thought this many top, top players would play in the Saudi league a few months ago when Cristiano [Ronaldo] was the only one to go,” City manager Pep Guardiola remarked.

“There will be more in the future, which is why clubs must be aware of what is going on.”

“I’m not sure how long they’ll keep it up, but I have a feeling they’ll stay.” The guys want to use this experience to play in that league, and they can.”


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