World-record signing Neymar looks set to make his debut for Paris St Germain tomorrow after the French football federation confirmed it had received the player's transfer certificate.
Former Barcelona captain Xavi insists it was a surprise that Neymar decided to make the move to the French capital and said it evoked memories of Figo's shock move to rivals Real Madrid in 2000.
Gerard Deulofeu was re-signed from Everton to pad out the squad's attacking options but is not expected to play a central role, while Marlon has made his loan stay at Camp Nou permanent.
'It's unusual that a player does not want to stay in Barca. After partying with friends in southern France, Neymar has returned to training with his teammates this week and Emery said he wants him to start on Sunday. "Have they decided, in a way to settle scores, to take the maximum amount of time allowed [to submit the paperwork]?" asked L'Equipe, the French daily sports newspaper.
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Neymar debut has been put on hold due as PSG awaits International Transfer Certificate (ITC), but Barca refused to clear it until they had received the funds from the French outfit into their bank account.
At a pre-match news conference, PSG boss Unai Emery said Neymar was "physically ready to start" the game. Over his 4 seasons at Barcelona the Brazilian scored 105 goals and created 89 chances last season alone; just imagine what he could do in French football.
"I don't need to tell you that the Spanish federation is having some problems at the moment", Le Graet told L'Equipe.
"The FFF and the French Professional Football League have finalised all administrative details, qualifying the Brazilian worldwide to play for Les Rouge et Bleu immediately". "The transfer is complete, so this should not last".
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