Madrid Newspaper Obtains Documents Showing Additional €38M In Neymar Signing
FC Barcelona paid €95M to sign Neymar, "not €57M, which is what Barcelona President Sandro Rosell claimed that the club spent," according to Inda & Urreiztieta of EL MUNDO. This €38M difference is "according to contracts being reviewed in court that El Mundo was able to access." The "contractual evidence consists of six documents including, among other information, three bank charges for millions designated for Neymar's family in documents that had been previously unavailable." The €95M that Barcelona spent includes €40M to Neymar's family, €17M to Brazilian side Santos, Neymar's former club; €7.9M for rights to three "further young Santos players," €9M for two Barcelona-Santos friendlies, €8.5M in commission to Neymar's father, €2.6M in other agents' fees and a €10M signing bonus. If Barcelona did pay €95M, Neymar "would be the world's most expensive player ahead of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who cost €94M" (EL MUNDO, 1/20). ESPN's Dermot Corrigan reported FC Barcelona sources on Monday told Barcelona-based Mundo Deportivo that the "El Mundo story was false." The club "previously said the investigation into the Neymar deal is 'unjustified' and 'strange' and that they remained 'calm' about it," insisting the move had been "complex but skilfully negotiated." Spanish judge Pablo Ruz has reportedly "asked for copies of documents from Santos and FIFA" as he investigates a complaint by Barça member Jordi Cases. Barca may not be "legally obliged to disclose all their business dealings to members and could claim that items such as the friendlies or options on other Santos players were independent agreements and nothing to do with the transfer." Spanish and Brazilian tax authorities and other observers, including "third-party investors who previously held a stake in Neymar's rights, are likely to be following developments closely" (ESPN, 1/20).
SANTOS CONSIDERING LAWSUIT: In Madrid, David Sanchidrián wrote ESPN Brasil "added that Santos and footballer investment group DIS Esporte could sue Neymar for receiving millions in commission." Now Santos and DIS, which "have clashed for months, could come together against Neymar and Rosell." Santos is "likely to decide in its next council meeting whether to take legal action" to fight for the €38M supposedly related to the Neymar signing. Santos President Odilio Rodrigues said that "he will investigate whether Barcelona paid commission to Neymar's family outside of the Barcelona-Santos agreement" (AS, 1/20).