An hour after Neymar left Barcelona’s Ciutat Esportiva training complex – seemingly for the final time after bidding his teammates farewell – the club have issued a statement on the player’s projected move to Ligue 1 side PSG.
Neymar was accompanied to the club offices by his father and Barça employee André Cury, who is the Neymar family’s right hand man within the club structure, where the Brazil star met briefly with Josep Maria Bartomeu and said his goodbyes to other staff and executives before leaving without any comment for the waiting press.
Neymar faces LaLiga obstruction to PSG transfer
It is expected that Neymar will travel to London for a few days until a representative visits the LaLiga offices in Madrid with a bank draft for the full amount of his release clause – 222 million euros. Once this amount has been desposited, and assuming LaLiga accept the payment, Neymar will be free to travel to Paris to undergo a medical and finalise his transfer to PSG as the freshly minted most-expensive in football history.
On the other side of the coin, Barcelona also stated that a bonus payment of 26 million euros to Neymar’s father relating to the player signing a contract extension last October has been frozen and will remain in the hands of a notary until the matter is concluded.
It also remains to be seen how the payment is presented to LaLiga. PSG can opt to pay the full amount and see if LFP chief Javier Tebas reneges on his promise to reject it, or they could offer a player on a free transfer in order to offset some of the tax costs the deal will impose on the Ligue 1 club.
FC Barcelona statement
The player Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and agent, has informed FC Barcelona this morning of his decision to leave the Club in a meeting held at the Club’s offices.
Faced with this position, the Club has informed them they refer to the buy-out clause of his existing contract which as of 1 July totals 222 million euros which will have to be deposited in its entirety.
Furthermore, in reply to the claim for the contract extension bonus, the Club has once again made it clear that the amount remains deposited with a notary until the case is resolved.
The player remains under contract at FC Barcelona but with temporary permission to not take part in training sessions.
Shortly we will add the comments of Club spokesman Josep Vives on the subject of Neymar.