Confusion persists over Neymar’s transfer to Barcelona
Seven months after Neymar’s sensational move from Santos to Barcelona, the value of the transfer remains unclear and nobody seems to know where the money has gone.
The official figure released by Barcelona was €57m yet Santos say they only received €17.1m. To complicate matters, a supermarket chain is feeling short-changed.
Barcelona revealed making an initial €10m payment to Neymar's father in 2012 to ensure the player would ultimately choose the Catalans ahead of Spanish rivals Real Madrid. Santos claim Neymar's father did not take that €10m, although the club is unable to explain where the money went.
Last week, the president of the Nou Camp club, Sandro Rosell, refused to elaborate on figures but said: “We paid €17.5m (sic) to Santos and €40m to an association who owned the rights to Neymar.”
One claim is that Neymar's father - and his company N&N - may have pocketed the €40m.
Meanwhile, supermarket chain DIS - who paid €2.8m for 40% of Neymar's transfer rights in 2009 -wants to know what they are owed. If, as according to Santos, the fee was €17.1m, then DIS would be entitled to €6.84m. If Barcelona's claim that the deal was worth €57m is true, however, then the supermarket chain would be entitled to €22.8m.
The situation shows no sign of being clarified in the near future.