Football transfer rumours: Neymar to PSG for a world record fee?

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Is Neymar about to ditch Barcelona for PSG? Probably not, but it beats the other rumours. Photograph: Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images

Football Rumour Mill Football transfer rumours: Neymar to PSG for a world record fee?

Today’s fluff is written in the stars

That 6-1 clobbering Barcelona handed out to Paris Saint-Germain last March still weighs heavily on the minds of the French club. In fact, PSG are still seeing stars as a result of the thrashing. One star, in particular: Neymar, who PSG’s Qatari owners see dancing spryly around them every time they close their eyes. Rich folks shouldn’t have to suffer thus! Rich folks should be free to enjoy the wealth they worked hard to inherit!

PSG’s Qatari owners are said to be in talks with Barcelona, who have previously had close ties with the Gulf state, over triggering the Brazilian’s £195m buyout clause. That sounds like an outrageous amount of money to pay for a footballer until you consider how much money Qatar’s ruling regime reportedly pays for weapons, mass surveillance technology and so forth.

The world could do with a few trillion more being spent on footballers, if you ask the Mill. Anyway, that’s the big story of today. It might not be true but it does no one any harm, least of all Neymar. And it’s certainly more catchy than the suggestion that Swansea are thinking of luring back Wilfried Bony, or that Hull want to bring 2007-08 loanee Fraizer Campbell home after his release from Crystal Palace.

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If PSG do actually buy Neymar, don’t go thinking that means they’re no longer interested in Alexis Sánchez. They will happily take both; moderation doesn’t come into it. But would PSG take Jack Wilshere? That might be Arsène Wenger’s next question. The answer, of course, is no – and not just from PSG. It seems Arsenal’s inbox is not exactly creaking under the weight of inquiries for the midfielder. So far Sampdoria have expressed an interest but are yet to mention the right figure.

Similarly, Tottenham remain interested in Ross Barkley, but a fee of £50m and wages of £150,000-per-week bear no relation to their idea of the right figure, so there’s no deal in sight. Spurs are particularly wary of over-investing in midfielders after foolishly lavishing treasure on Newcastle United and Moussa Sissoko. The French flop will be allowed to leave White Hart Lane this summer but Spurs may have to continue paying part of his wages, because no one else is willing to.

Elsewhere, Crystal Palace fancy making a move for goalkeeper Adrián now that Joe Hart has bumped him down West Ham’s pecking order. Centre-back Scott Dann could be on his way to China, where Beijing Guoan are ready to make him feel at home. Liverpool are prepared to loan the winger Sheyi Oyo to Fulham or Middlesbrough. Kevin Stewart is also set to leave Anfield, but on a permanent deal, most likely to Hull.

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