02 Aug, 14:00
It won't just be the biggest deal of the transfer window. It won't simply be the biggest football story of the summer. If (and when) Neymar really does leave Barcelona and join Paris Saint-Germain in a world record £197 million deal, well… it will leave football fans all over the world dazed, scratching their heads and quite possibly questioning their entire belief system.Neymar is on the verge of signing for PSG, with the French giants set to pay the release clause in his Barca contract; a mind-boggling €222 million.
It defies belief. Here are just a few of the reasons the very idea of this is totally, utterly, completely ridiculous.
The world record fee doubling
The current world record fee is the £89 million Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba. This move wouldn't just smash that record. A move for £197 million (it just gets more ridiculous every time you see it) would more than double it. To be precise, it would see the most expensive fee ever paid increase by a whopping 121 percent.
The amount of grief Neymar will get if it actually happens
Turning his back on playing for the greatest club side of the last decade, in probably the greatest league in the world, so he can play in France for mega money?
Liverpool fans already panicking over Coutinho
Unfortunately for the Liverpool fans, if Barca lose their skilful, classy, young Brazilian playmaker, who do you think will be their preferred replacement?That skilful, classy, young Brazilian playmaker.
The Dani Alves conspiracies
When Dani Alves signed for PSG, the main point of interest appeared to be the fact he had snubbed Pep Guardiola and Manchester City. If Neymar ends up moving to Paris, expect a deluge of funny tweets about 'Agent Alves' masterminding the deal.
The fact that Neymar would be worth 2.63 Romelu Lukakus
If Neymar is worth £197 million then, in the current market, 1 Neymar would get you,
Or 3.79 Alexandre Lacazettes.
Or 5.32 Mo Salahs