August 3, 2017 / 10:53 AM / 2 years ago

France's Macron delights in looming record Neymar transfer

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to Secretary General of the International Organisation of French-speaking countries (OIF) Michaelle Jean at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 31, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday congratulated the president of Paris St Germain on the soccer club’s hotly anticipated world-record signing of Brazilian star Neymar.

“Congratulations! I understand there’s good news,” Macron said to Nasser al-Khelaifi during a joint visit to a children’s holiday camp outside Paris.

Khelaifi responded with a smile.

Neymar’s 222 million euros ($263 million) transfer from Barcelona to Paris St Germain is set to be completed this week.

Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Andrew Callus

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