Neymar has agreed to a five-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain after deciding to leave Barcelona. The 25-year-old Brazilian is expected in Paris in the next two days to finalize the transfer, which is understood to be worth nearly £450m (€500m).
According to Sky Sports News, Neymar made the decision to leave Barcelona following talks on holiday in early July near Rio de Janeiro. The meeting included the footballer, his father and his agent, Pini Zahavi, who brokered the massive deal.
He then joined the Spanish club's pre-season tour of the United States.
The £450m deal includes wages, bonuses and a buyout clause of £198m (€222m), reported Sky Sports News. Neymar was reportedly offered a basic salary of £26.8m-a-year (€30m) after tax, or about £515,000-a-week.
Barcelona told the French club they must pay Neymar's buyout clause "in its entirety".
The Brazilian forward arrived at training on Wednesday (2 August) and informed the Spanish club that he wanted to leave, the BBC reported. Barca manager Ernesto Valverde gave Neymar permission to miss training and "sort out his future".
A source close to Neymar in Spain said: "Since he decided to leave, Neymar has had to deal with huge pressure to stay at Barcelona. His teammates wanted him to stay but his decision was made."
Barcelona super star Leo Messi wished his former teammate in a video posted on Instagram earlier on Wednesday. "It was a great pleasure having shared all these years with you, my friend @neymarjr. I wish you good luck in this new stage in your life. See you later. Love you," Messi wrote.
Five of Neymar's Brazilian international teammates are already at PSG, including Thiago Silva and Dani Alves.