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Betting: PSG 11/1 to win the Champions League as Neymar nears move

12:20 EAT 02/08/2017
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The 25-year-old seems near a €222 million move after missing Barcelona training, but can the Ligue 1 club become genuine European contenders?

Neymar's impending transfer from Barcleona to Paris Saint-Germain edged closer as the Brazil international was given permission to miss training with the Catalan giants on Wednesday.

The deal is expected to be worth €222 million, the value of the release clause in the 25-year-old's contract at the Camp Nou, where he still has four years remaining but that would be meaningless should a club bid the pre-designated amount, which PSG seemingly have. SportPesa make it just 1/10 (1.10) that the player leaves Barca for the French capital this summer.

Such a move could certainly make the Qatari-backed side an interesting betting proposition for the Champions League, especially after adding former Barcelona player Dani Alves to their ranks this summer.

Unai Emery's side have seemingly hit something of a wall when it comes to competing with the very best Europe have to offer. They reached the quarter-finals in four straight seasons between 2012 and 2016 and were on the wrong end of an historic comeback in last year's round of 16 when Barcelona won 6-1 in the second leg.

SportPesa make PSG an 11/1 (12.0) shot to win Europe's premier club competition in 2017/18. While that leaves them behind Neymar's current club Barcelona (5/1), holders Real Madrid (5/1) and Bayern Munich (11/2) who are the leading three contenders according to the bookmakers.

There's then a significant jump in the betting to last season's beaten finalists Juventus, who are priced at 10/1 (11.0) to go one better this time around after finishing runners up in two of the past three campaigns.

Chelsea (11/1) are offered at the same price as PSG after winning the Premier League last term and the Blues are the shortest priced English team with SportPesa, who make Manchester City a 12/1 (13.0) shot under Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho's Manchester United a 14/1 (15.0) chance after they secured a spot in the competition via the Europa League.

Despite Monaco's Ligue 1 win last term, PSG are red-hot favourites to claim the domestic crown back with odds of just 2/9 (1.22) available at the time of writing.

With the holders having sold several of their stars already and Real Madrid rumoured to be keen on the services of Kylian Mbappe, Leonardo Jadrim's side are 5/1 (6.0) to make it back-to-back titles.

Will Neymar turn PSG into Champions League contenders? Get the odds with SportPesa