Neymar’s world-record deal will not be completed anytime soon as La Liga have refused to accept payment of the Brazilian’s £222m release clause ahead of his move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Neymar’s representatives, Juan de Dios Crespo and Marcos Motta were at the league’s headquarters in Madrid to make the deposit but La Liga president, Javier Tebas, reportedly threatened and declined to accept the payment.
“We can confirm that the player’s lawyers came to the La Liga offices this morning to deposit the clause and that it has been rejected,” “That’s all the information we are giving out at this moment.” A statement read.
“The LFP is surprised and does not understand the refusal of La Liga to simply accept the payment of the release clause for the player Neymar. The LFP asks La Liga to abide by the Fifa rules and its responsibilities. The LFP supports Paris Saint-Germain and wishes Neymar to join Ligue 1. The legal services of the LFP are in support and at the disposal of Paris Saint-Germain so that the Neymar contract is approved as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, PSG have paid Neymar’s €222 million release cause in full to Barcelona. This development was revealed by the club in a statement on their website on Thursday afternoon.
‘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. As such, 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.’