The French powerhouse could be looking at the reality of losing Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in the same transfer window

Neymar is set to leave Paris Saint-Germain before the transfer window closes at the end of this month.

The world’s most expensive player, who cost PSG €222 million (£191 million) when they activated his release clause from Barcelona in 2017, is considering his options.

It has been claimed that the 31-year-old Brazilian wants to leave and has told PSG of his intentions. However, it remains to be seen whether the decision for him to go has been taken by the club or the forward.

Neymar has a contract with PSG up until 2027, when he will be 35, but it has long been suspected that the club wants to sell him as it moves away from its Galacticos era.

It would therefore be remarkable if Neymar, Lionel Messi – who has left and joined Inter Miami after the option of a contract extension was not taken up – and wantaway Kylian Mbappe all left this summer.

PSG would like Mbappe to stay but have put him up for sale after he refused to sign a new contract, threatening to quit for Real Madrid for free next year.

PSG are, for example, set to confirm this evening the signing for €80 million (£69 million) of 22-year-old Portuguese international striker Goncalo Ramos from Benfica. They are also set to bring in Ousmane Dembele for €50 million (£43 million from Barcelona.

Neymar would like to return to Barcelona but it seems impossible that the Catalan club will be able to afford him. They are under huge financial pressure and it is understood they must continue to sell players this window.

Neymar’s options, should be leave, would appear limited to the Saudi Pro-League, or another Middle Eastern League, possibly following Messi to the MLS in the United States or the Premier League.

There have been long-standing links to Chelsea, who tried to sign him before he joined Barcelona, but whether he is wanted by the current ownership remains to be seen.