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Neymar should not captain Brazil at Copa America – Edmilson

Neymar should not be Brazil’s captain for the Copa America as other players have more leadership experience, according to Edmilson.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward has had another injury-hit campaign but has returned to fitness in time for this year’s tournament.

Neymar appeared to be affected by the burden of expectation on his shoulders when playing for Brazil at the World Cup last year.

And PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has ruled out making Neymar captain of his club, preferring to keep faith with compatriots Thiago Silva and Marquinhos.

Brazil start their Copa America campaign with group games against Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru, and Edmilson has told coach Tite to look elsewhere for his captain.

“It’s a squad list where there are people with experience and who were already captains,” the former Barcelona and Brazil defender told reporters.

“In my opinion, this is not the ideal time to deliver the armband to Neymar, but the final decision is with Tite.

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“The list has once again been the subject of debate, the diversity of players is good and we have several alternatives in each position.

“It is clear that Tite feels the pressure of having to win this Copa America at home, these have been chosen by the coach to get the title.”

Tite left out Real Madrid duo Marcelo and Vinicius Junior for his Copa America squad, with Porto full-back Alex Telles another notable absentee.

Brazil face Qatar and Honduras in pre-tournament friendlies before getting the tournament underway on June 14.

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Neymar scores twice as PSG romp to 6-2 win over Toulouse

Neymar scored twice as Paris St-Germain stormed to a 6-2 victory over Toulouse to give them maximum points from their opening three matches.

This convincing victory gave Unai Emery’s side top spot in the embryonic Ligue 1 table, although they had trailed at Parc des Princes to Max Gradel’s 18th-minute opener. Neymar pulled PSG level before Adrien Rabiot doubled their lead to ensure they led at half-time.

Edinson Cavani then added a third before Thiago Silva’s own-goal gave the visitors hope. But Javier Pastore, Layvin Kurzawa and then Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, found the net to finish the rout. After scoring on his debut at Guingamp, the Brazil international has now scored three goals in two matches for PSG since arriving from Barcelona.

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French taxman excited by Neymar windfall

PARIS- The French taxman is delighted about the prospect of Brazilian soccer star Neymar joining Paris St Germain, the minister in charge of France’s public accounts said on Thursday.

The striker is expected to join the French club on a wage of around 550,000 euros ($651,420.00) a week after a record-breaking 222 million euros transfer from Spanish giants Barcelona.

Le Figaro newspaper took a stab at estimating the possible tax and social security payments Neymar’s salary could net the state, coming up with a figure of 37.5 million euros ($44.39 million) a year.

“The minister of public accounts is delighted by the extra tax income Neymar will pay in France if he joins a French club,” the minister in question, Gerald Darmanin, told France Inter radio station.

“It’s better that this footballer pays his tax here instead of elsewhere.”

Neymar’s expected arrival in France and the huge wage Paris St Germain’s Qatari owners will pay him was music to the ears of a minister whose radio interview was mainly a defense of unpopular government spending cuts due to the country’s yawning budget deficit.

The 25-year-old Neymar has for some time been battling accusations of tax cheating and corruption in Spain, where he was recently cleared of fraud, but still faces a corruption trial in connection with the value of his 2013 transfer to Barcelona from Brazilian club Santos.

Asked whether the special legal structures were likely to lower Neymar’s tax exposure in France, where the top rate of income tax is 45 percent, Darmanin said: “Don’t worry, the country’s interests, and its financial interests in particular, will be well taken care of.”

Darmanin was defending a government decision to shrink local government spending by what he said was about 300 million euros – roughly equivalent to the Neymar transfer contract price of 222 million euros plus three years of his salary.

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(Reporting By Brian Love; Editing by Andrew Callus and Pritha Sarkar)

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Neymar on verge of record-breaking move to PSG – agent

MADRID-Neymar’s record-breaking 222 million euros (198.82 million pounds) transfer from Barcelona to French side Paris Saint-Germain appeared close to completion on Wednesday, when his agent predicted he could be unveiled by the weekend.

Neymar’s team mate Lionel Messi posted a farewell message on social media to the Brazilian, whose agent Wagner Ribeiro was quoted on Spanish radio as saying PSG would pay Barcelona’s asking price and his client was en route to finalise the deal.

“They (PSG) are going to pay Neymar’s (222 million euros buyout) clause today so that he can be presented at the weekend,” Ribeiro told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE. “They (Neymar and his father) are in the air now.”

The move would complete a hectic few days in which Neymar’s heavily trailed exit has inched closer.

Events moved swiftly on Wednesday when Barcelona released a statement announcing that the 25-year-old had informed them of his intention to leave, and confirming the amount of his buy-out clause.

“The player Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and agent, has informed FC Barcelona this morning of his decision to leave the club in a meeting held at the club’s offices,” Barcelona said in a statement.

“The club refer to the buy-out clause of his existing contract which as of 1 July totals 222 million euros.”

Earlier the 25-year-old arrived at the club’s training ground to tell team mates he was moving to Paris, Catalan radio RAC1 reported.

The Brazilian striker left the training area minutes later, it said, with the club confirming on Twitter that he had been given permission not to train.

Neymar’s departure would end a four-year stay at the club, where he formed a formidable strike force with Messi and Luis Suarez.

Messi reacted to his team-mate’s imminent move by posting on his Instagram account: “It was a great pleasure to have shared all these years with you, my friend @naymarjr. I wish you much luck in this new stage of your life. Be seeing you.”

In October, Neymar signed a new contract until 2021 with the buy-out clause raised.

For a while it seemed that the deal might stall over concerns about Financial Fair Play.

In an interview published on Wednesday, the president of the national football league, Javier Tebas, said the league would not accept payment by PSG to trigger the release clause. It would potentially be in breach of UEFA Financial Fair Play rules, he told Spanish sports newspaper AS.

However, UEFA told Reuters on Wednesday that no complaint had been received, adding that European football’s governing body would not block any potential deal in advance.

“UEFA will look into the details of this transfer in due course to ensure PSG are compliant with FFP requirements,” the UEFA statement said.

“The transfer of Neymar to PSG will have an effect on the club finances over several years but the impact of such an operation cannot be judged in advance, notably as PSG could well sell several players for a significant amount.

“We shall therefore only make calculations at the end and make sure that they respect the rules.”

PSG are one of the world’s richest clubs following their 2012 takeover by Qatar Sports Investments, an arm of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, which has transformed their fortunes.

Under the fair play rules – which Uefa’s FFP project leader Andrea Traverso was last week quoted by Italian newspaper Gazetta dello Sport as saying PSG were currently following – a club’s wage bill must not exceed 70 percent of its revenue.

PSG’s 2015/16 revenue came to 521 million euros, according to Deloitte’s Football Money League report issued in January.
550,000 Euros a Week?

Media sources across Europe reported that Neymar is negotiating a potential six-year deal worth more than 550,000 euros a week. The striker only arrived back in Spain on Tuesday after trips to China and the Middle East.

Neymar has been active on social media, sharing an excerpt from the New Testament (Philippians 4:11) on Instagram which said “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learnt to be content whatever the circumstances.

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learnt the secret of being content …whether living in plenty or in want.”

A PSG spokesman declined to comment.

Neymar signed for Barcelona from Brazilian side Santos for 57.1 million euros in 2013, although it was later revealed the cost was closer to 100 million euros.

($1 = 0.8432 euros, 0.7563 pounds)

(Reporting by Blanca Rodriguez; Writing by Neil Robinson; Editing by Hugh Lawson)