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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

Paris delight at prospect of footballer Neymar paying French taxes

It's better for this player to pay his tax in France, says minister

Neymar looks set to be on his way from Barcelona to PSG. Tim Goode / PA Wire.
Neymar looks set to be on his way from Barcelona to PSG. Tim Goode / PA Wire.

The French budget minister Gerald Darmanin on Thursday said he would be "delighted" at the prospect of the footballer Neymar paying tax in France after his expected record-busting transfer to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

"If in fact Neymar does come to a French club, the budget minister will be delighted at the tax that he will be able to pay in France," Mr Darmanin said on France Inter radio.

"It's better for this player to pay his tax in France rather than pay it elsewhere," Darmanin said.

"When you are a minister, your duty is to defend the interests of the state, and the interests of the state are that people pay their tax in France."

Neymar was expected to arrive in Paris on Thursday to finalise his world-record $260m from Barcelona to PSG.

His wages will reportedly triple to $35.5m a year.

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