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Neymar set for China trip as transfer speculation mounts for Barcelona star

Neymar, who had originally pulled out of an appearance at a meet-and-greet in Shanghai, has now announced that he will be in the Chinese capital on Monday.

football Updated: Jul 29, 2017 14:45 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Neymar has announced on Chinese social media site Weibo that he will make his trip to China after all.
Neymar has announced on Chinese social media site Weibo that he will make his trip to China after all. (AFP)

The intrigue surrounding Neymar’s future at Barcelona took another twist when the Brazilian star said Saturday that he would be in Shanghai on Monday.

It comes a day after a major event organiser in China said a meet-and-greet with the forward on Monday in Shanghai was off because he and his advisers were busy with transfer business.

That added to swirling speculation that the unsettled 25-year-old could be poised to join Paris Saint-Germain for a record-breaking 222 million euros.

Footage also emerged of Neymar having a training-ground altercation with new Barcelona signing Nelson Semedo while in Miami, where they play Real Madrid later Saturday in a high-profile friendly.

READ | Watch Neymar’s bust-up with Barcelona teammate

Then Neymar sent a first message on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, saying: “Greetings to the fans in China! I’m Neymar Jr, this is my official Weibo account.

“I am going to be sharing my own personal experiences here with Chinese fans.

“I’m looking forward to your following and reposting! See you in Shanghai on Monday!”

The message was written in English and Chinese, but gave no further details on his movements in China.

First Published: Jul 29, 2017 14:12 IST

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