MADRID: Spain’s La Liga refused to accept the payment of Neymar’s 222 million euro ($260 million) buyout clause on Thursday, delaying the Brazilian’s world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.
However, legal experts believe La Liga won’t be able to prevent PSG pushing the transfer through.“We can confirm that the legal representatives of the player attended La Liga to pay the clause and this has been rejected,” a La Liga spokesperson told AFP.
Neymar had been expected to complete his move to the French giants by the weekend after Barcelona announced the 25-year-old striker’s decision to leave on Wednesday on the condition his buyout clause was met.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has been an outspoken critic of PSG’s move.Tebas believes the astronomical sums being spent by the French giants, including a reported 30 million euro salary after tax for Neymar, makes it impossible for them to comply with financial fair play regulations (FFP).
“La Liga is an entity that defends the interests of the clubs and right now it is defending Barcelona,” said Marcos Galera, a lawyer and founding member of Spanish sports law specialists Agaz.
“But if you follow literally Spanish legislation, they had an indemnity clause agreed….and the rules are that if you have a clause agreed, you have to abide by it.”One option open to PSG and Neymar is for the money to be deposited with a notary and to seek an international transfer certificate through FIFA.
“PSG and Neymar have the option to go to FIFA with the request that FIFA give them a provisional transfer,” Javier Ferrero, a specialist in sports law for the Senn Ferrero firm, told AFP.