Brazil star Neymar is 'not proud' of record transfer fee that took him to PSG from Barcelona

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Neymar.

Brazil star Neymar has admitted he is not worth the world-record fee Paris Saint-Germain paid for him.

The Ligue 1 side had to dig deep to activate a €222 million (Dh953.4m) release clause in the 26-year-old’s Barcelona contract to land him in August last year.

Asked about his fee, Neymar told www.spox.com: “I’m not proud of the transfer fee, nor of the fact I’m the most expensive player ever.

“That’s just money and nothing else. I cannot help it. Personally, I would have paid less for myself.

“I’m proud that I’ve achieved my childhood goal. That was, and is, most important to me.

“As a player, you always have to show who you are and assert yourself. Just referring to the transfer fee does not help you and says nothing about how good you really are.”

Neymar is currently on World Cup duty in Russia, where Brazil will launch their latest bid for glory against Switzerland on Sunday evening.

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Transfer Predictor: Anthony Martial leaving Manchester United gets an 8, Yerry Mina to Borussia Dortmund is a 3

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The transfer window is well and truly open.

With the rumours growing in pace and volume during this ‘silly season’, it can be difficult and painstaking to separate the stories of some legitimacy from the rest of the white noise.

Fortunately, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do it for you.

Below, you’ll find some of the latest transfer news churned out of the rumour mill broken down and analysed for your benefit along with our calculated predictions.

ANTHONY MARTIAL

Anthony Martial wants to leave Manchester United this summer, according to his agent.

Why it will happen: The French winger has been frustrated at a lack of minutes at Old Trafford and his representative Philippe Lamboley claims “the time has come” for the player to move on after failure to reach a new deal.

Why it won’t happen: Martial may feel a move away from Manchester is a step down in his career.

Prediction: The former Monaco star can reignite his career with another club and would get his confidence back with regular game time elsewhere.

Rating – 8/10

YERRY MINA – BARCELONA TO BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing the star Barcelona defender, reports Mundo Deportivo.

Why it will happen: Barcelona may need to free up a non-EU roster slot to incorporate the incoming Arthur Melo from Gremio, and could be forced to sell the Colombian international, given Paulinho and Philippe Coutinho are essential members of the squad.

Why it won’t happen: The 23-year-old only joined the Catalan side in January on a five-year deal and the club don’t want to sell him.

Prediction: The former Palmeiras man definitely won’t want to leave but the decision may be out of his hands, but with Coutinho hoping to secure a Portuguese passport, Barcelona will do everything they can to keep hold of the defender.

Rating – 3/10

BERND LENO – BAYER LEVERKUSEN TO ARSENAL

The Bayer Leverkusen shot-stopper is likely to move on from the Bundesliga side at the end of the season, according to Sky Sports.

Why it will happen: Arsenal are chasing a new goalkeeper this summer as new boss Unai Emery eyes a long-term replacement for 36-year-old Petr Cech. Leno certainly fits the bill given he has underlined his status as the best man between the sticks in the Bundesliga.

Why it won’t happen: Napoli are desperate for more a new goalkeeper and could offer the 26-year-old Champions League football, something out of the North London side’s hands.

Prediction: The Gunners want to rebuild again under Emery this summer and the German remains a key part of his plans.

Rating – 7/10

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Yerry Mina headlines our Rumour Mill as Borussia Dortmund eye move for Barcelona star

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The summer transfer window for all international deals is open.

That has started a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

Across the world of football, there is plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

YERRA MINA

Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing the star Barcelona defender, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The 23-year-old only moved to Camp Nou from Palmeiras in January, and the La Liga champions do not want to sell him.

However, the club may need to free up a non-EU roster slot to incorporate the incoming Arthur Melo from Gremio, and could be forced to sell the Colombian international, given Paulinho and Philippe Coutinho are essential members of the squad.

ALEKSANDR GOLOVIN

Juventus are close to a deal with CSKA Moscow for the Russian international, according to Calciomercato.

The 22-year-old will play for the hosts against Saudi Arabia in the World Cup opener, which starts tonight in Moscow.

The Serie A champions have been increasingly linked with a move for the highly-rated midfielder, and are believed to have agreed terms with him.

The Russian club want a fee in the region of €25m (Dh108m) for Golovin, who scored seven goals and provided three assists in all competitions last season.

RAFAEL

Lyon have reached an agreement with Besiktas for the transfer of the elusive full-back, according to L’Equipe.

The former Manchester United player has one year remaining on his contract, and will move to the Turkish outfit if the two clubs can reach a final agreement of €10m (Dh44m).

Les Gones currently have three right-backs at the club, meaning one of Kenny Tete or Rafael will surely leave Groupama Stadium this summer.

Although the Brazilian is a more valuable player for the Ligue 1 side, he would be more of a bankabale asset for potential buyers.

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