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In shock twist, Qatari scandal could see Real Madrid snatch Neymar from PSG

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Bribery allegations swarming around Paris Saint Germain and beIN media group’s Qatari chief executive, Nasser al-Khelaifi, could have a huge impact on Brazilian player Neymar Jr, it has been reported on Sunday.

Italian police announced on Friday that they are investigating Khelaifi for bribery allegations surrounding World Cup rights.

Khelaifi is accused of facilitating the use of a 7-million-euro villa in Sardinia to former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke.

Khelaifi’s charges could have huge implications on a deal which saw him – as head of Qatari State Investment fund which owns French football club Paris Saint Germain – bring Neymar. to PSG in a world-record breaking £198 million deal in the summer.

According to El Gol Digital, Khelaifi could face a substantial fine from FIFA that could see PSG forced to sell Neymar and that Real Madrid could be best positioned to make a move to grab the player.

It is reported that the Brazil international may have to be sold in order to improve relations with FIFA.

Last week, the Swiss Attorney General’s office announced an investigation into Khelaifi and Valcke over a broadcasting rights deal for the FIFA World Cup matches.

Italian police confirmed the search and confiscation of ‘Villa Bianca’ located in the Porto Cervo area of northeastern Sardinia as part of the international corruption inquiry.

Police said that the search was conducted in the presence of Swiss officials and was utilized to facilitate corruption for the right to receive FIFA World Cup television broadcasting rights between 2018 and 2030.

An international real-estate firm, police added, owns the villa and members were questioned.

The Swiss prosecutor's office announced on Thursday that it had opened an investigation in March against al- Khelaifi and Valcke over suspicion of corruption. The charges include bribery, fraud and forgery.

Valcke is suspected of receiving undue contributions from a ‘businessman’.

The investigation involves four countries, France, Greece, Italy and Spain and inspections were carried out simultaneously in these locations, the Swiss Attorney General’s office added.

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