Reports in Spain claim Brazilian believes he is owed sum, despite completing £198m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain
Following his world-record £198million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, the Brazilian ace is said to be chasing a £23.5m payment he feels he is owed.
Neymar will earn more than £500,000-a-week after tax at Paris Saint-Germain
Neymar was unveiled by PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi on Friday morning
Despite being paid £515,000 a week after tax, Neymar denied the move was motivated by money after being unveiled by PSG on Friday morning.
“I was never motivated by money,” he said. “It was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever made, I was at a great club at Barcelona, I love Barcelona.”
But according to Spanish newspaper Sport, the player and his advisers plan to chase Barcelona hard for an unpaid loyalty bonus.
It reports Neymar was due to receive the sum, under the terms of his contract with Barca, on 31 July.
As his lawyers did not terminate his contract with the Li Liga club until 3 August, Neymar’s camp believes he is entitled to the money.
But Barca chiefs see it differently, according to Sport, and it seems the battle is set for court.
Neymar and his posse of friends and family posed on the PSG pitch on Friday
Meanwhile fans were paying £140 for PGS shirts with Neymar’s name on the back
The deal had already turned acrimonious and the bitterness seems to worsen.
Li Liga chiefs tried to block the move on Thursday by refusing to accept the payment of Neymar’s release clause.
Neymar tries on PSG football shirt for the first time in Paris
They argued that a deal of that size must be in breach of Uefa’s financial fair play (FFP) rules.
The French league – Ligue 1 – then insisted their Spanish counterparts accept the payment, and French president Emmanuel Macron even spoke out.
Neymar showed off some of his skills after being unveiled in Paris
Neymar’s final game for Barca was against Real Madrid on 29 July in Miami
Meanwhile, furious Barca fans blasted the player on social media, with some even posting videos showing them burning their Neymar shirts.
The Brazilian is keen to move on and said he hopes to make his debut for PSG on Saturday, when they host Amiens SC in their Ligue 1 opener.
Neymar Jr unveiled by Paris Saint-German after completing world record £200m move from Barcelona