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Thursday 22 February 2018

Barca confirm that Neymar deal actually cost €90m

Neymar during his official presentation at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona
Neymar during his official presentation at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona

The deal to sign Neymar cost Barcelona almost €90m, including payments to the player and his family, the club said on Friday after the player's father revoked a confidentiality agreement.

The Brazil forward's close-season move from Santos to the Spanish champions, which the club initially said was worth €57.1m, is being investigated by a Spanish court for possible misappropriation of funds following a complaint from a Barca member.

Sandro Rosell, who was named in the lawsuit but denies wrongdoing, stepped down as president on Thursday. He said he wanted to protect the club's image and alleged he and his family had been threatened.

Barca had been reluctant to reveal all the details of the Neymar deal, citing the confidentiality agreement, but after a board meeting on Friday, Rosell's successor Josep Bartomeu told a news conference Neymar's father had given them permission to go public.

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