PSG activated a buy-out clause rather than negotiate a typical transfer fee for Neymar and while fans of the French club will be delighted at signing one of the world's top players, the money invested in the Brazilian is unlikely to be recouped. No amount of shirt or ticket sales can bring in the kind of money spent by PSG on activating the contract clause or on the Brazilian's huge wages, reported by French media to be around 550,000 euros per week. "For the football club it doesn't make any business sense," football finance expert Rob Wilson of Sheffield Hallam University said.
The amount of Neymar's release clause + projected PSG contract could buy you a lot of NBA stars. pic.twitter.com/CjJ88GzfyA— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 3, 2017
Dad wanted Neymar to stay at Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/0DVIYKzo7x — B/R Football (@brfootball) August 3, 2017"No matter how many different angles we look at this from I can't see how the football club can make any increase in revenue back that will be sufficient to cover the transfer fee, let alone the whole package. The sporting performance is a different matter but I can't see how they can get any decent return on the investment at all," he added. Almost all of the previous world record fees have been for players moving to bigger or more successful clubs but in this case Neymar is joining a team with much less history and presence among football's elite. Barcelona, 24-time Spanish champion and founded 117 years ago, are five-time European champion.
PSG, created in 1970, have never even reached the final of the Champions League. Yet PSG, owned by the state-backed Qatari Sports Investments, have been publicly stating their goal of conquering Europe since buying the club in 2012. The club's heavy investment has been rewarded domestically with four straight French league titles, until last year when they finished second to Monaco.
"I had the honour of playing with the best athlete I have ever seen in my life."Read Neymar's statement here: https://t.co/bbkRR8ubc2 pic.twitter.com/oGwSEhRz5R — Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) August 3, 2017
Neymar has explained his decision to leave Barcelona for PSG ? https://t.co/H1k8LqlCJ3 pic.twitter.com/SArQPQxDFs — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 3, 2017In Europe, however, success has been elusive. Last year they exited the Champions League in the round of 16 after giving up a 4-0 first-leg advantage by losing 6-1 to Barca at the Nou Camp with Neymar scoring two late goals. The Brazil forward should improve PSG but whether he will be good enough to transform them into a squad that can beat the likes of Barca, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich is another question.
More: Neymar will reportedly be paid around €30m (about $35.7M) per year after taxes. https://t.co/FA4iKe0z2T — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 3, 2017Barca will quickly be under huge pressure from their fans to bring in a high-quality replacement and have been linked by Spanish media with another Brazilian, Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho. The Anfield club will have no desire to sell their creative lynchpin, but Barca, flush with a huge amount of spare cash, could make an offer that would be hard to refuse. Borussia Dortmund's French forward Ousmane Dembele is another player reported to have been on Barca's radar but the club's hierarchy might feel they need to bring in a bigger, more established name. Wherever Barca turn for a replacement, will leave another club with a pile of money to spend on compensating for their own loss and with less than a month left before the transfer deadline, the deals could be lucrative.