Barcelona sue Neymar over breach of contract for €8.5m

Aakash Sivasubramaniam
|Published 23/08/2017

Just days after the sensational move to Paris Saint Germain came through, Neymar faces himself in a similar position of bother away from the club that he loved dearly.

During his stint at Barcelona, the Brazilian was subjected to a number of issues, varying over the transfer fee that was paid by the Catalan club to his Brazilian club Santos to the issues to tax from the Spanish Tax Authorities.

Earlier during his transfer, Barcelona did not pay the 20+ million that it was supposed to pay to Neymar Sr as a Loyalty bonus, with the club releasing a statement which said that it clearly would only oblige by the terms and conditions stated in the contract. Barcelona has now sued their former player Neymar for £7.8m over an alleged breach of contract in the wake of his £198m move to Paris Saint-Germain.

“Barcelona decided to take these actions in defence of their interests, after a unilateral termination of contract urged by Neymar Jr a few months after signing the renewal until the end of the year 2021,” a statement read.

Neymar, in love with Paris:

Neymar joined the Parisians in August for a five-year-deal that made him world’s highest paid player, beating the likes of the 89 million euro deal for Paul Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United.

The Brazilian’s move to the capital city was set to be held up after La Liga initially refused to accept the funds for the buyout clause before the payment was made directly to his former club. Neymar received a warm ovation when he was unveiled by the club, in front of a sell-out crowd. The 25-year-old made his Ligue 1 debut for PSG in the 3-0 win at Guingamp.

Neymar followed his performance on his debut with a scintillating display that would remind Barcelona what they are dearly missing when they begin the Liga. He scored twice, before setting up two goals in PSG’s massive 6-2 victory over Toulouse that leaves the Giants at the top of the table, on goal difference but the fallout from the transfer looks set to rumble on.

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