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Neymar's €222m move makes Monchi 'uneasy and afraid'

1:04 AM GMT+8 05/08/2017
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The transfer specialist has been overseeing plenty of activity at Roma, but admits to being concerned by Paris Saint-Germain's mega-money deal

Neymar's record-breaking transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain has left Roma sporting director Monchi feeling "afraid" over the future of football.

The 25-year-old's €222million switch was completed on Thursday and on Friday he was presented to the world's media at the Parc des Princes.

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It marks a drastic escalation in the highest fee paid for a player, more than doubling the €105m that Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba last August.

And Monchi raised concerns over the viability of such a trend continuing.

"I feel a bit uneasy and afraid. I don't know where we're headed," he told Roma's official website.

"I don't want to think that we're creating a speculative bubble which will one day burst.

"I've shown clearly in the past that I don't buy very expensive players.

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"It's not up to me to say whether or not it's above board. It's hard to fathom so much money being spent at a time when elsewhere there are lots of people struggling to make ends meet."

In a damning statement also released on Friday, FIFPro general secretary Theo van Seggelen blasted FIFA's transfer rules, which he described as "anti-competitive, unjustified and illegal".