Friday 23 March 2018

Barca reveal €86m as true Neymar price amid funds row

Barcelona's new president Josep Maria Bartomeu
Barcelona's new president Josep Maria Bartomeu

Jamie Holland

The deal to sign Neymar cost Barcelona €86.2m, including payments to the forward and his family, the club has said, after the player's father revoked a confidentiality agreement.

The Brazil international's close-season move from Santos, which the Spanish club initially said was worth €57.1m, is being investigated by a 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 deal, citing the confidentiality agreement, but after a board meeting yesterday, Rosell's successor Josep Bartomeu (above) said Neymar's father had given them permission to go public.

Barca director Raul Sanllehi reiterated the transfer on its own had cost €57.1m including €17.1m to Santos and €40m as a "compensation fee" paid to a company owned by Neymar's parents.

However, he also detailed other payments around the transfer such as a signing bonus of €10m and various other fees paid to the family that took the total cost to €86.2m.

Barca are paying Neymar €8.8m in wages per season for his five-year contract, said Sanllehi.

"Neymar's father waived the confidentiality agreement because he considers what has happened (to Rosell) to be unjust," Bartomeu said.

The player had received more lucrative offers from some of Barca's rivals but decided to move to the Catalan capital because he believed in the club's project and wanted to play alongside Argentina forward Lionel Messi, he added.

Irish Independent

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