Brazilian club Santos FC will sue current Barcelona forward Neymar, his father and the La Liga club for failing to meet the promised transfer fee, according to president Modesto Roma Jr.
Santos reportedly has only received 17.1 million euros (about $18.65 million), which the Catalans paid about two years ago.
Neymar’s move to Spain became official in May 2013 on a five-year deal, and the fee was reported to be initially 57.1 million euros (about $62 million) but was supposedly around $118 million in total, accounting also for payments made to Neymar and his family.
In February, prosecutor Jose Perals requested that judge Pablo Ruz probe current Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu and the club for tax evasion and misappropriating funds, failing to pay 2.8 million euros ($3.2 million) to the tax office.
With similar allegations directed at former Barca president Sandro Rosell during the young starlet’s move, this unpaid amount, in total, was actually around 12 million euros ($13.6 million).
Taxes aside, Santos hasn’t gotten their share of the promised assets.
Roma Jr. told reporters at a news conference, via Goal.com:
“Yesterday [Thursday], Santos has made an official complaint to FIFA against Barcelona, Mr. Neymar da Silva Santos Jr., Neymar Silva Santos and Neymar Sport Marketing Ltda.
“On May 31, two years wil have passed since Santos and the mentioned agreed on a transfer contract where the player’s rights were sold to Barcelona for €17.1 million, plus a clause of €2m if the players is among the finalists for the Fifa Ballon d’Or.
“Therefore, with these proofs, Santos then got to know that the values for the player’s negotiation rose to the sum of €83.371 million. Santos considers that Barcelona, Neymar and his company owe this club a compensation, and judges that the Barcelona directors may suffer sanctions for this.”
The Neymar saga isn’t the only case stemming from the financial workings of Barca lately, as the Court of Arbitration for Sport issued a one-year transfer ban for “infringing regulations on registering minors as youth players” back in December.