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PARIS (AP) – Paris Saint-Germain soccer superstar Neymar has reportedly agreed to a deal two-year contract to join the Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal.
France’s leading sports newspaper L’Equipe announced on its website on Sunday that the PSG and Brazil striker will be paid a total of €160 million ($175 million) over two seasons. No details were given as to what the transfer fee would be for Neymar, who is also being linked with a Barcelona return.
The Associated Press have asked reigning French champions PSG to confirm the deal. The request was not immediately answered.
Neymar’s current contract with PSG runs until 2025.
neymar missed PSG’s season-opener draw 0-0 against Lorient in the French league on Saturday after training alone on Friday. The club stated that this was because he was recovering from a viral infection. But Neymar is facing a PSG exit and could leave during the summer transfer window.
The 31-year-old Brazilian joined PSG from Barcelona six years ago for the world-record transfer fee of €222m ($244m today), the same year Kylian Mbappe joined PSG from Monaco for €180m.
PSG had already received a world-record offer of $332m from Al-Hilal for Mbappe, who is in the final year of his contract and locked in a transfer stalemate. Mbappe, who reportedly refused to meet with Saudi club officials when they were in Paris last month, is closely linked with a free transfer to Real Madrid next season.
Tensions between Mbappe and PSG eased somewhat on Sunday after he was allowed to return to training following “constructive and positive talks” between the two parties.
Mbappe had to sit out Saturday’s draw against Lorient because he wasn’t in training. Midfielder Marco Verratti was also left unselected by new coach Luis Enrique and has been linked with a move to the Saudi league after joining PSG in 2012.
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