Brazilian Football star, Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior has been cleared by Barcelona FC to transfer to Paris Saint Germain in a record £450 million Deal.

According to The Guardian, PSG have given the go‑ahead for the striker’s buyout fee of €222m (£198m) to be handed over at the Spanish football federation offices, the protocol required to clear the transfer.

Neymar, who flew to Porto on Wednesday for his medical, is expected to be presented in Paris this week.

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PSG had anticipated that and always intended to meet it. A five-year contract for Neymar has been waiting to be signed for several days.

The wages are understood to be around €30m a year after tax – equivalent to around £520,000 a week – almost doubling the player’s salary. Neymar Sr and others including the agent Pini Zahavi are due to share a €38m payment for facilitating the move.

During a training ground visit of around 30 minutes Neymar also told his team-mates he was leaving. They were disappointed to learn of his decision and although it was not unexpected there had been hopes they could convince him to stay.

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Lionel Messi posted an Instagram video and message to Neymar a few hours later, writing: “It was a great pleasure to have shared all these years with you, friend @neymarjr. I wish you good luck in this new stage of your life.”

Neymar had been due to return to training on Wednesday but was given permission by the coach, Ernesto Valverde, not to take part. He headed for Porto, where PSG’s doctor was with Maxwell, the club’s sporting coordinator.