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Neymar '90%' to leave Barcelona this summer

Neymar turns away from goal after netting for Barcelona in their Champions League round of 16, second leg match
Image: Neymar has been heavily linked with a move away from the Camp Nou in recent weeks

Neymar's chances of leaving Barcelona in this summer's transfer window are "90%", a source in Spain close to the player has told Sky Sports News.

It is understood he has decided to leave the club after becoming increasingly frustrated at "playing second fiddle" to Lionel Messi.

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"Only a miracle will keep him, he really has made up his mind to leave," says the source.

"At the age of 25, he thinks it's his time to win the Ballon d'Or," the source adds. "He believes he can be the best player in the world at another big club."

It is understood Paris Saint-Germain remain the only current club willing to meet the player's €222m (£196m) release clause, with Chelsea and Manchester United unwilling to do so.

Neymar of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's opening goal during of the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal
Image: Neymar is attracting strong interest from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain

It is also claimed Neymar is aware that a "growing number" of supporters do not want him to stay, with recent media polls in Globo Esporte and the Barcelona-based Sport newspaper revealing that the majority of those asked think he should leave.

"Barcelona keep asking him to deny stories and to tell publicly what he told them two days ago - that he's happy at club. But he's quiet." said Guillem Balague, Sky Sports' Spanish football expert, on Twitter.

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TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 11:  Neymar Jr of FC Barcelona (R) and his teammate Lionel Messi show their dejection during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final f
Image: Neymar is reportedly frustrated at "playing second fiddle" to Lionel Messi

"Barcelona expect PSG to pay Neymar's buyout clause this week," added Balague.

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has said Neymar is not for sale.

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