Neymar cleared to finally make PSG debut as record-breaking transfer finalised

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World-record signing Neymar looks set to make his debut for Paris Saint-Germain against Guingamp after the French football federation confirmed it had received the player's transfer certificate.

Neymar of Brazil

The Brazilian, whose EUR222 million ($332m) signing from Barcelona doubled the world-record transfer fee, was prevented from playing in PSG's first Ligue 1 match of the season against Amiens last week because his registration had gone through too late.

PSG travel to Guingamp on Monday morning.

"One thing is clear: we want him to make his debut (on Sunday)," PSG coach Unai Emery said. "He's been good in training. He is ready. We want him to be in the squad and to start. He's a player we need.

"I think he is ready to start the game."

The French football federation (FFF) confirmed that Neymar was now licensed to play in France.

"The FFF confirms it has received the transfer certificate of Neymar Jr, sent by the RFEF (Spanish football federation)," the FFF said on its Twitter feed on Friday.

PSG opened the season by beating Amiens 2-0 at the Parc des Princes last Saturday. They ended last season as runners-up to Monaco after winning four successive Ligue 1 titles.

Meanwhile, Neymar's lawyers said Friday the superstar has agreed to pay a fine to Brazil's tax authorities in a bid to put his legal problems behind him.

The lawyers said they expect to pay an 8 million real ($3.17m) fine to end the long-running dispute.

Brazil's tax office, however, said they had not yet arrived at a final total.

The office originally sought 188.8 million reais in fines, back taxes and interest, although that figure is thought to have fallen considerably.

"Although he doesn't agree with the value (of 8 million) the process has dragged on for more than three years and the intention is to end it and move on to this new phase for Neymar," said Marcos Neder, one of the player's lawyers.

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