Barcelona have confirmed that they have accepted a payment of €222million from Neymar’s representatives.
A statement released by Barcelona on the club’s website read:
” On Thursday afternoon Neymar Jr’s legal representatives visited in person the club’s offices and made the payment of 222 million euros in the player’s name with regards to the unilateral termination of the contract that united both parties. “
The news means that Neymar is no longer a Barcelona player, ending his four year stay at the club, during which he made 123 appearances and scored 68 goals.
Neymar’s representatives had earlier tried to pay the fee via the La Liga offices, only for the LFP to refuse the payment over concerns that PSG’s activity contravened Financial Fair Play regulations.
And the final sentence in Barcelona’s statement suggests that the club also expects UEFA to investigate the deal.
” The club will pass on to UEFA the details of the above operation so that they can determine the disciplinary responsibilities that may arise from this case. “
The payment far exceeds the previous biggest paid for a player – €105m by Manchester United for Paul Pogba a year ago.
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