Neymar has cancelled a fan signing session due to “the player and his staff” being “involved in a transfer”.
The Brazilian superstar is on the verge of becoming the world’s most-expensive player as Paris Saint-Germain attempt to bring him to France.
PSG are willing to meet his £195million buy-out clause in his Barcelona contract with the 25-year-old reported to have agreed a five-year contract worth around £500,000-a-week.
And now his decision to pull out of an appearance in Shanghai only intensifies speculation on his future – especially after his training ground bust-up with team-mate Nelson Semedo.
According to Goal, the Chinese business who had organised the supporter signing session claimed it had been cancelled due to his upcoming mega-move.
A statement from the travel company said: “Neymar and his team are busy solving problems on a transfer, they could not guarantee his presence on July 31 in Shanghai.”
The Samba sensation appears to be affected by the PSG transfer saga after his confrontation with Semedo.
Neymar had to be physically restrained after clashing with the full-back, who joined from Benfica last week, this morning.
The video of the scuffle, which was shown on Sky Sports, comes just seconds after Neymar scores a goal.
Semedo’s arm goes around Neymar’s neck and the pair jump all over each other before squaring up face-to-face.
Semedo then walks away as the rest of the Barcelona players look on, but then Neymar shouts over to him.
He then walks in the direction of Semedo before being grabbed and held back by Sergio Busquets.
Semedo distances himself from the action as Neymar tears off his vest and throws it to the floor before lashing at a ball in frustration.
French newspaper Le Parisien are reporting that the wantaway ace has already agreed terms with PSG, and that it is simply a matter of “when” and not “if”.
In what could be his last appearance in a Barca shirt, Neymar netted the only goal of the game in a 1-0 friendly victory against Manchester United in the US yesterday.
Capitalising on some poor United defending the 25-year-old kept his nerve in the box, swivelled and fired past David de Gea.
He was then substituted at half time, along with fellow superstars Messi and Luis Suarez.
In 186 games for Barcelona in all competitions, the 2016 Olympic gold medal winner has netted a staggering 105 times.
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