Then there was Wednesday's announcement that Neymar had informed the club he was leaving, followed by the club saying he would not be practicing with the team.
He appeared alongside club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, with his father proudly watching on in the stands as he said a few words before embarking on a lap of honour, performing keepy-uppies and blasting multiple balls into the crowd as Martin Solveig tracks blazed out. If he can propel PSG to a Champions League victory, it would certainly put his name in serious contention for a Ballon d'Or, which he would be unlikely to win under Messi's shadow at Barcelona.
In 2009, the Union of European Football Associations introduced financial fair play regulations (FFP) with the main goal being to prevent professional football clubs from spending more than they earn.
This was also welcome with a big applause from far away Brazil, his native country, They believe he has more potential to become the world best player, but for the presence of Leo Messi at Barcelona, Neymar got ambushed, hence this PSG platform will help him to showcase his talent ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The most talented of the aforementioned young French players is 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe who burst onto the scene for Monaco last season.
By this time, Neymar had already undergone a physical in Portugal, and word was out that PSG was planning to announce the signing Thursday or Friday.
As expected, the move stunned football enthusiasts across the world as fans and critics remained divided on whether or not the move was a good idea.
"We're together. And the rest... it is history!" Who would say that three South Americans would work? PSG can play pragmatic football anchored by solid midfielders like Blaise Matuidi, Adrien Rabiot, and Marco Verratti, coupled with fun, creative, and exciting football courtesy the Brazilian forward. It would be difficult to convince the Italian champions to let the jewel in their crown go though.
The statement added that the decision was made after the approval of television channels set to broadcast the match.
"I was never motivated by money".
However, Barcelona have to move on swiftly and try to benefit from the massive transfer fee by investing in their own squad.
Barcelona's fortunes in the transfer window though has been quite discouraging.
Such clauses are inserted upon the players' insistence and clubs accept them thinking that nobody would ever dream of triggering them. Defence and midfield are two areas that crucially need to be strengthened.