Neymar's soap opera could soon be coming to an end with various French media reporting that the Brazilian will be a Paris Saint-Germain player by Wednesday.
The Parisian club has already received the permission of the public authorities to announce his signng in the centre of the city, and it's speculated that this could be at Place de la Trocadero with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was already presented at the same site in 2012 and PSG are working to strengthen security measures.
The exact day and place is still unknown, but the Gendarmerie are already preparing to cover the event.
French radio station 'Europe 1' reported on Monday that PSG have the financial room to be able to incorporate Neymar onto their roster, MARCA first publishing the news of the 222m euro release clause being met back on July 18
Barcelona want to avoid paying 26m euros to Neymar Sr.
With Neymar on the verge of leaving Barcelona, the club are doing everything they can to avoid paying the 26m euro payment to the players father, agreed last year, as part of a renewal premium.
The club will still deposit the money in a notary's office to be paid only if Neymar stays, but not if he decides to leave.
Should they pay it, Neymar Sr. will have pocketed 66m euros in total from the club, but his wallet will continue fattening if his son goes to Paris Saint-Germain.
That's because he's already negotiated a 40m euro signing bonus for himself.
It's a transfer operation that has become more and more bitter as the days have passed, and even journalists are fed up with the lack of information being passed to them.
"At least be polite," was the only message given to members of the media that had gathered at Barcelona airport on Sunday.
The father and representative of the striker from São Paulo landed with a tired face after a direct flight from Miami.
He had not spoken in America about his son's future and was not going to do it back to Barcelona either.
Better to keep his mouth shut to focus on the final phase of what will be the transfer of summer.
A transfer that promises to deliver more than 200m euros into Barcelona's coffers, a record in the history of football.
No agent has had more influence on a player's career than Neymar Sr.
The Blaugrana have also had to pay him 2.7m in commission, 10m of the initial transfer premium and other amounts (to distribute over five years) for publicity, to promote social media and to look for talents in Brazil.
Negotiating the payment method with the agreement for Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar Da Silva still wants to ensure he receives the 26m euros he agreed to renew his son with Barcelona.
This agreement was based on the pressure that PSG exercised last year, and it was designed to stop them getting Neymar this time last summer.
He could use an agreement between clubs, but that seems complicated without Marco Verratti entering the equation.
Meanwhile, Nasser Al-Khelaifi expressed optimism to the club's executives.
"Neymar's signing is going well, I have confidence," he is to have said, according to Yahoo Sports France.
Liverpool reject 100m euros for Coutinho
The sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain is expected to set off a domino effect, but Barcelona aren't having any luck in the transfer market after Liverpool turned down their second offer of 100m euros for Philippe Coutinho.
Jurgen Klopp and his club, aware of the need of the Blaugrana to fill the void that the Brazilian will leave behind, continue to monitor events while dedicating themselves to turning their backs on any offers coming from Catalonia.
Though RMC have announced both failed offers of 80m and 100m euros, they do expect the Reds to sell eventually, but at a higher amount once it's known definitively what Neymar's full sale price is.
Barcelona spot an opportunity to try to sign Verratti
With Neymar ready to leave Barcelona to move to Paris Saint-Germain, there could be an opportunity for the Catalan club to make another push for their top summer target Marco Verratti.
There is a desire from the offices of the Parc des Princes to negotiate with their counterparts at the Camp Nou over the transfer of Neymar, given that the taxes associated with the paying of his release clause - of 222 million euros - could bump the actual cost of the operation up to 300m euros.
As much as Barcelona are prepared to report the French club over potential Financial Fair Play violations, there could be an opportunity for them to put past conflicts to one side and to strike a deal.
If PSG accept the sale of Verratti as part of a deal to sign Neymar, then Barcelona could agree to sign off on Neymar's sale for a price that would be significantly below the 300m euros the Ligue 1 side could otherwise have to fork out.
The four issues Zidane must solve before the UEFA Super Cup
Having finished the International Champions Cup with just one point from three matches, there is plenty of work for Zinedine Zidane to do over the next week as Real Madrid prepare to take on Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup on August 8.
Given that they fell to a penalty shootout defeat against United and lost 3-2 to their Spanish Super Cup rivals Barcelona, Los Blancos need to put things right quickly or else they risk letting the first two pieces of silverware of the season pass them by.
These, then, are four of the issues for the French coach to solve over the coming week, one which includes another pre-season game against the MLS All-Stars.
A lack of concentration and intensity
One of the problems during the Champions League winners' pre-season outings has been a lack of concentration and the tendency to become distracted.
There has also been a lack of intensity, as was evident during the first 10 minutes of the match against Barcelona and the game against Manchester City, who applied more pressure and injected more rhythm into the game.
The kinds of errors being committed by the capital city side, such as lost balls or set piece mistakes, could prove costly in a Super Cup.
Sergio Ramos needs to get up to speed
Having joined up with the squad later than most and having then been stuck on the sidelines due to an ear issue that plagued his American tour, Sergio Ramos isn't yet match sharp, as was seen in Miami.
Zidane, then, will have his work cut out in getting his captain ready for competitive action, given that the centre-back has only been part of the group for the past five days.
A lack of impact up front
One of the most troubling problems has been the lack of effectiveness in attack, with the partnership of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale yet to get going.
Cristiano Ronaldo isn't going to be ready for the UEFA Super Cup match, so Zidane must find solutions.
The new arrivals must be ready
Having lost James Rodriguez, Danilo and Alvaro Morata, there is a need for the new arrivals to be ready to contribute right from the off.
While the departed trio weren't starters last year, they did play a key role from the bench and now the new arrivals like Dani Ceballos, Marcos Llorente, Jesus Vallejo and Theo Hernandez could be the ones called upon if there is an injury or suspension.
Cristiano Ronaldo defends himself: I never had any intention of evading taxes
Despite 215 members of the media waiting for Cristiano Ronaldo to speak to them after his court testimony, the Portuguese played declined to make a statement and distributed a press release instead.
The Portuguese left court shortly after 13.00 CET and was in no mood to speak to the assembled press.
Here, we detail Ronaldo's statement that was released on Monday afternoon following his court appearance:
During the hearing, Cristiano Ronaldo said before Judge Monica Gomez Ferrer that he has never hidden income in his tax returns.
"The Spanish Treasury knows in detail all my income, because we have given them, I have never concealed anything, nor did I intend to evade taxes," he said.
"I always do my tax returns voluntarily, because I think we all have to declare and pay taxes according to our income.
"Those who know me know what I ask my advisors: to have everything up to date and properly paid, because I do not want problems."
The player said before the court that he has never had tax problems in the countries where he has resided and he assured that, contrary to the argument put forward by the Public Prosecutor in his complaint, the transfer of his image rights to a company he owned was not when coming to Spain in 2010, but was carried out in 2004 at the request of English lawyers.
"When I signed for Real Madrid, I did not create a special structure to manage my image rights, but I kept the one that managed them when I was in England," noted Ronaldo.
The lawyers recommended by Manchester United created it in 2004, long before he thought to come to Spain. The structure was the one that was usual in England, was verified by the English Treasury and ratified that it was legal and legitimate.
Cristiano's image management structure remained the same between 2010-2014 as it was between 2009-2009, with only two differences: the English entity was abolished because he no longer resided there and that all of the image rights were collected personally by Cristiano while he was a resident in Spain, to pay the Spanish taxes.
Neither of these changes was intended to circumvent tax payments or conceal income. On the contrary, by collecting royalties for the transfer of his image, greater transparency was obtained and the Spanish Treasury was assured that it would receive the taxes that were legitimately due to it.
Since 2015 Cristiano Ronaldo has ceded his image rights to an independent third party paying his taxes for him. He is currently listed in Spain for his taxes, being one of the largest earners in the country.
According to the player's advisers, the Office of the Prosecutor maintains two differences with the statements presented:
I. The player qualified the incomes received as income from movable capital, quantifying the part obtained in Spain according to the criteria that the English administration set when he was resident in that country. The Treasury Inspectorate acknowledges that, if the qualification made by the player were correct, he would have paid in Spain more than he was entitled to pay; but they consider that the amounts are not derived from the transfer of the player's image but from their economic activity, which leads them to consider obtaining in Spain a much higher amount.
The advisers of Cristiano Ronaldo consider that the rating proposed by the Inspection is erroneous, Being contrary to the verdict of the law applicable to the impatriates - as was the case of Cristiano Ronaldo in the period 2010 to 2014 - to the jurisprudence and the existing administrative doctrine in this respect. Therefore, they trust that the judges will dismiss this complaint as there is no defrauded fee.
II. The time when charges for image rights for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 had to be declared. The player declared in one go, in fiscal year 2014, all image revenue for fiscal years 2011, 2012 , 2013 and 2014 because it is this year when they are paid by the society that had been receiving them since 2004. The Inspectorate of Finance believes that they had to declare year after year.
In the absence of any concealment, since all amounts were perceived personally by the player and were declared by him, the difference of criterion is limited to a mere temporary difference. In economic terms this difference has favored the Spanish Treasury as a consequence of the increase in tax rates (higher in 2014 than in 2010 and 2011), and the evolution of the exchange rate (with a strong revaluation of the dollar, a currency in which a significant part of the rights was collected). If the annuities had been declared each year, the amount to be paid would have been lower.