Barcelona increased Neymar’s release clause

The Brazilian has seen terms in his contract activated, with those at Camp Nou eager to fend off any admiring glances being shot in their direction

Neymar’s release clause at Barcelona has been increased to €222 million (£192.5m).

The cost of buying the Brazilian out of his contract has been automatically raised as part of his current deal at Camp Nou.

When putting pen to paper in October 2016, Barca inserted a €200m buy-out clause in Neymar’s terms.

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It was stipulated that regular rises would be made to help keep the forward in Catalonia.

One of those has now kicked in, with Barca understandably reluctant to part with a prized asset.

They have seen Neymar linked with the likes of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain in the recent past, with the 25-year-old now one of the world’s top talents.