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Neymar’s debut for Paris Saint-Germain could be delayed again

The 25-year-old, who has signed a five-year deal which makes him the highest-paid player in the history of his sport, was unveiled at the Parc des Princes last Friday.
 
Spanish league officials initially tried to block the deal after PSG triggered the release clause for the 25-year-old’s contract, claiming the French club was breaking the Financial Fair Play rules set by UEFA, European football’s governing body.
 
But there could be further stumbling blocks ahead in a transfer which has been far from straightforward.
 
If the LFP does not receive the certificate by August 18, FIFA would have to intervene.
 
Even if the certificate is received, Neymar and Barcelona need to confirm their contract has expired. A failure for all parties to reach a mutual agreement would see FIFA rejecting the ITC.
 
In a statement, a FIFA spokesperson said: “Once [the ITC] has been completed the former association of the player asks the player and his former club to confirm if his contract has expired, if it was ended early or on mutual agreement or whether there is a contractual dispute.

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