Speculation around Neymar's potential transfer to Paris Saint-Germain is gathering pace and the Ligue 1 side are now seen as the most likely destination for the Barcelona frontman this summer as far as the bookmakers are concerned.
Having previously been as big as 20/1 (21.0) prior to media reports that PSG could be set to activate his €222 million release clause, the 25-year-old is now just 8/11 (1.73) with Paddy Power to make what would be a new world record move to Paris.
Ctrip, an online travel agency in China announced that the Brazil international would not be able to take part in a pre-arranged visit to Shanghai.
A statement read: “Mr. Neymar and his team occupy themselves dealing with transfer issues and they cannot say for sure whether they could manage to arrive in Shanghai on 31 July. So we decide to cancel the ‘fans meeting’."
On top of that, a video has emerged showing Neymar in what appears to be a training ground row with Nelson Semedo. While neither of these things in isolation are directly indicative of a move, they do suggest that behind the scenes, the situation is developing on more than just rumours in the media.
It's now 10/11 (1.91) that Barcelona keep hold of the forward who scored 13 La Liga goals last season and has four years left on his current contract at the Camp Nou. For those that believe no such move will take place, those odds will surely now prove a tempting option considering it would pay out if no deal takes place before September.
New PSG signing Dani Alves has denied claims that he has tried to convince Neymar to join him in Paris, but there certainly seems to be something in the reports that the player's resolve is set to be tested this summer.
Barcelona vice president Josep Bartomeu has insisted that the Catalan giants have no desire to lose their best players, but ultimately, if a club are willing to pay the eye-watering release clause in his contract then Barca have little say in whether or not such a move actually comes to fruition or not.
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