Neymar’s imminent arrival at Paris St Germain can help France’s Ligue 1 grow to match Europe’s powerhouse leagues, according to the director general of top flight side Lille.
The Brazilian striker’s 222 million euro transfer from Barcelona to PSG hit a glitch on Thursday with Spain’s La Liga rejecting the payment of Neymar’s release clause from his contract, although his move is expected to go through.
Provided it does, Neymar will become the biggest name in Ligue 1 as mega-rich PSG set their sights on becoming the powerhouse club of European soccer.
PSG, owned by the Qatar Sports Investments, are the only French club in the top 20 of Europe’s rich list.
But Ingla thinks believes the arrival of Neymar will the help others grow and boost the profile of French football.
Earlier on Thursday, Spain’s La Liga rejected payment of a record-breaking release clause that would allow Neymar to leave Barcelona for PSG.
A group of lawyers representing Nemar visited La Liga in Madrid on Thursday to try to settle the transfer and pay the 222 million-euro ($263 million) break fee.
The French League later issued a statement saying it “did not understand” the refusal of La Liga to accept the payment of the release clause for Neymar.