Barcelona refusing to pay Neymar contract bonus

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Following Paris Saint-Germain’s signing of Brazilian superstar Neymar, his previous club Barcelona is making life difficult for its former attacker.

Previously, the club had said it would report PSG to UEFA for breach of Financial Fair Play rules. With the French club reportedly doing its best to skirt around the FFP regulations to complete the signing, Barcelona is now taking up a new stance.

According to Barcelona spokesperson Josep Vives, the club will not pay a $31 million bonus due to Neymar and his father – who also serves as his agent – after the renewal of his contract last season. According to Vives,”the agreed conditions [for the bonus] have not been met.”

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“There were three conditions — one, that the player didn’t negotiate with another club before July 31; two, that he publicly expressed his decision to fulfill his contract; and three, the payment was to be made on Sep. 1 to ensure he didn’t go to another club. With these criteria not met, the club will not pay the renewal bonus.”

If those are indeed the contractual terms of the bonus, it appears that Neymar did indeed breach the clause and should not receive payment, as the rumors linking PSG to Neymar sprung up weeks ago, well before the July 31st date. However, with the move not completed until August 3rd, it’s possible Neymar could argue he did not have discussions with the French club until after the deadline, making him eligible to receive the bonus.

La Liga has also been public about its disapproval of the Neymar transfer, with league president Javier Tebas calling PSG “financial dopers” and vowing to lodge official complaints with both UEFA and the European Union.