BARCELONA'S payment of €40million to a company owned by Neymar's father as part of the Brazil forward's €57.1m transfer fee is being investigated by Spanish state prosecutors for misappropriation of funds.
Spanish media have reported that an agreement was made between Barcelona and N&N, a company owned by Neymar's father, which gave the Catalan side the right to buy Neymar in 2014 in return for a downpayment of €10m.
The player's price would be €40m but if either side broke the agreement then that sum would have to be paid as a "penalty clause" which is what local media say happened because Barca bought him a year earlier in June 2013.
SAMMON TO STAY AT RAMS
DERBY COUNTY have told Ireland cap Conor Sammon that he is still part of their plans even though the striker has been linked with a move away from the club, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.
Sammon has been out of favour under Steve McClaren at Derby in recent weeks and Championship rivals Brighton inquired about a move for him, initially on loan, but the Rams want Sammon to stay.
LONGFORD TITLE ODDS SHORTEN
BOOKMAKERS have slashed the odds on Longford Town winning the Division One title next season after boss Tony Cousins made another major signing, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.
Defender Pat Sullivan has joined Stephen Rice by moving from Shamrock Rovers to Longford ahead of the 2014 season.