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Neymar tax debt soured Barcelona-Paris Saint-Germain move - report

Neymar's €45 million tax debt scuppered a summer transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, according to French newspaper L'Equipe.

This summer, the Brazil international's agent, Wagner Ribeiro, claimed the French champions had offered his client €40m per year after tax and that a private jet and a chain of hotels bearing his name would be thrown into the deal.

However, L'Equipe say this information was wide of the mark. Instead, PSG were reportedly ready to activate Neymar's former minimum fee release clause of €192m but decided not to after the player's father got involved in negotiations and demanded the Ligue 1 giants pay the full €45m he owes Brazilian authorities.

Fears of falling foul of UEFA's financial fair play (FFP) rules contributed towards PSG deciding against the move. But the Qatari-owned European financial heavyweights were reported to be prepared to offer Neymar a yearly salary of €15m and a long-term deal.

The players' father also wanted a yearly wage of €25m, nearly €10m more than PSG were prepared to table.

Neymar, 24, has now signed a new five-year contract at Camp Nou and part of that deal is believed to be a minimum fee clause of €200m next summer, rising to €222m the next year and then €250m for the final three years.

PSG have been looking for a new talisman since Zlatan Ibrahimovic's departure and the Barcelona man is reportedly the player Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) wants to bring into to lead the club forward.

The same L'Equipe report claimed PSG decided against a move for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann because the French giants' Qatari decision makers were not 100 percent convinced by the France international before the 2016 UEFA European Championship.

Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.

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