Neymar set to join Al Hilal from PSG on Monday

Cameroon v Brazil: Group G - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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Neymar's move to Al Hilal appears imminent, with the Saudi club and the Brazilian superstar nearing the finalization of a transfer deal expected to be completed this week. Fabrizio Romano confirmed the agreement on Monday.

While Neymar has given his approval for the move, the finer details, including contracts and payment terms, are still being discussed between PSG and Al Hilal.

It's a significant development, and Romano has made clear that "Neymar won't be loaned to Barcelona" from Al Hilal, with the Catalan club forced to negotiate a fee directly with PSG if they want their former player back. It won't happen.

The 31-year-old Brazilian has reached a preliminary agreement to join Al-Hilal for the next two seasons, where he stands to significantly enhance his financial earnings, potentially surpassing the income of Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr, who earns a substantial sum.

Despite Neymar's past links with Barcelona, the Catalan club's challenging financial circumstances complicated any hopes of a return. Other interested clubs, such as Chelsea and franchises part of the American MLS, faced PSG's unwavering stance on not selling a player under contract until 2027.

Negotiations between PSG and Al Hilal continued through the weekend, leading to a potential deal, with a final fee nearing €90m.

Neymar has pragmatically chosen this route to address the impasse in Paris, with an eye toward potentially returning to Europe in the next couple of years, coinciding with the 2026 World Cup.

It's believed that the Brazil international preferred to stay in Europe but with no suitors willing to pay him as large a wage as his current one and no viable options outside of remaining ostraziced at PSG, he has decided to move on and join a Saudi club to at least remain active and play some games for the next few seasons while gearing up for the World Cup.

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