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Neymar arrives in Paris after world record transfer deal

Brazilian footballer Neymar leaves his home in Barcelona to travel to Paris, on August 4, 2017
LOLA BOU (AFP)

Brazil's Neymar arrived in Paris on Friday following his world record transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, airport officials told AFP.

The superstar forward, who moved for 222 million euros ($264 million), arrived at Le Bourget airport and was seen leaving a private jet and getting into a car which joined a motorcade heading towards the city center, the sources said.

He is due to be presented at a press conference at the Parc des Princes at 1130 GMT.

"I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain," Neymar said late Thursday.

"Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious. And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want. 

"Paris Saint-Germain's ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings. I played four seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge. 

"From today, I will do everything I can to help my new teammates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world."

PSG wasted no time in pressing Neymar's commercial value by announcing that shirts bearing his name will be on sale from 10h00 am (0800 GMT) Friday at the club's megastore on the city's iconic Champs Elysees.

The transfer is more than double the previous world record set by Manchester United's capture of Paul Pogba from Juventus last year for 105 million euros, leaving many commentators aghast at the rampant inflation in football transfer fees.

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