Neymar told PSG are ‘a step lower’ than Barcelona following record-breaking transfer

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The Brazilian forward’s fellow countryman, Edmilson, has questioned a €222m move, while talking up Philippe Coutinho as a replacement at Camp Nou

Paris Saint-Germain represent a “step lower” for Neymar than what he was occupying at Barcelona, says Edmilson.

The former Barca defender has seen his fellow Brazilian complete a record-breaking €222 million transfer to the French capital.

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Neymar has been quick to rubbish any suggestion that his switch was driven by financial motives, with a sporting challenge taking him to France.

Edmilson is not convinced that the 25-year-old has made the best career decision, though, with PSG not at the same level as those he has left behind at Camp Nou.

He told El Transistor: “It is very difficult when a person makes decisions. Neymar has gone to a club that have paid his clause.

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“If there are people that will pay that value that exists in the clause….for Barcelona it is also a good operation.

“But with all due respect, PSG have a great team, but they are still a step lower.”

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Neymar’s departure has left Barca with plenty of money in the bank, but with a hole to fill in their attacking unit.

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho is among those to have been heavily linked with a move to succeed a countryman in Catalonia, and Edmilson believes such a deal would make sense.

He added: “Philippe Coutinho is a great player.

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“He has improved a lot and would be a good addition for Barcelona.”

Barca are exploring several other options, though, with Liverpool reluctant to part with Coutinho.

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Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele is another of those said to be registering on their radar, and the France international has welcomed rumours linking him with the La Liga giants.

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