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Klopp Hopes Neymar Fee Is ‘Just an Exception’

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has expressed concern that the £198m fee that has taken Neymar Junior from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain will have a distorting effect on the market and that he hopes the deal exists in isolation.

The deal more than doubles the previous world record fee, set last summer when Paul Pogba moved from Juventus to Manchester United. Barcelona are eyeing up the Reds’ playmaker Philippe Coutinho as a potential replacement, with bids of €72m and €100m already rejected.

Klopp told reporters, “There are clubs who can pay fees like that -- Man City and PSG," Klopp said of the potential Neymar deal on Wednesday night, "Everyone knows that.

"I thought that [Financial] Fair Play was made so that situations like that can't happen. But that's more of a suggestion than a real rule. I don't know and I don't understand that.

“I don't know how it happens. That's not the next step, I hope. I hope that it will stay an exception, but you don't know.”


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