The La Liga club have blocked the payment of a €26 million bonus for star attacker Neymar, a source at the club said Tuesday.
The Brazilian football star, who is expected back in training on Wednesday morning, is at the centre of an apparent tug of war between the two European giants in what would be the most expensive transfer fee in football history.
“These €26 million have been placed with a notary pending to see if the player continues,” the source, who refused to be named, told AFP.
The renewal bonus was agreed on a year ago when Neymar extended his contract with Barcelona until 2021, and was due to be paid to the player after he completed a year but the club has decided to put it on hold pending to see how the situation evolves.
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