Just as when it seems the deal is about to go through, the protracted transfer saga of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain might have potentially hit a road block.
According to sources from Spain, Laliga has rejected Neymar’s contract release clause fee of €222m, hence, potentially serving as a stumbling block of the world record move.
LaLiga chief, Javier Tebas has threatened to scupper the deal earlier this week, and despite UEFA’s released statement earlier today of receiving no complaints on the move, the Spanish league has rejected the transfer fee deposit.
Specialist sports lawyer Juan de Dios Crespo arrived with a notary at the league’s offices in Madrid early on Thursday in order to deposit the official documentation, including the cheque to release the Brazil international from his current Barcelona deal.
“We will not accept that money from a club like PSG that, without belonging to LaLiga, want to benefit from the rights of our organisation,” Tebas told told AS.
“If UEFA don’t react, we will present our case immediately. We haven’t done it yet because we thought that UEFA were going to take measures to ensure that Financial Fair Play (FFP) is respected, and this ‘financial doping’ is avoided.”
LaLiga does not have the power to stop Neymar’s transfer if the release clause is met and that could leave Neymar and his advisors taking the case to the World football governing body, FIFA, to grant a provisional transfer in order to allow him [Neymar] to make his debut when PSG take on Amiens in French Ligue one on Saturday.
PSG are yet to comment on the recent development but Neymar, 25, is due to arrive in Paris on Friday to complete the world record deal having completed his medical in Porto, Portugal.