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LaLiga rejects $264M Neymar transfer payment

SoccerNews in La Liga 3 Aug 2017

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LaLiga has refused to accept a payment of €222million (approx. $264 million) that meets Neymar’s release clause, potentially presenting a stumbling block for the player’s proposed move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Specialist sports lawyer Juan de Dios Crespo arrived with a notary at the league’s offices in Madrid early Thursday in order to deposit the official documentation, including the check to release the Brazil international from his current Barcelona deal.

However, LaLiga has refused to accept the money. A LaLiga statement read: “We can confirm that legal representatives of the player came to LaLiga to deposit the clause and that this has been rejected. This is all the information we are going to give at the moment.”

LaLiga president Javier Tebas previously had warned that LaLiga would block any attempt by PSG to push ahead with the deal and would take its complaint to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulators if necessary.

“We will not accept that money from a club like PSG that, without belonging to LaLiga, want to benefit from the rights of our organization,” he 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.”

It is believed that LaLiga doesn’t have the authority to prevent Neymar’s transfer if the release clause is met, and could leave the player and his advisors having to ask FIFA to grant a provisional transfer to allow him to make his PSG debut Saturday against Amiens.

Barca confirmed Wednesday that Neymar had been excused from first-team training duties after asking to leave the club.

PSG has not commented on the potential record deal, but it is reported that the 25-year-old is due in the French capital Friday to finalize the move, having completed a physical in Porto.

 

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