Barca reveal Neymar transfer from Santos cost club €86 million
Player’s father waives private agreement
The deal to sign Neymar cost Barcelona €86.2 million, including payments to the forward and his family, the club said after the player’s father revoked a confidentiality agreement.
The Brazil international’s close-season move from Santos, which the Spanish club initially said was worth €57.1 million, is being investigated by a court for possible misappropriation of funds following a complaint from a Barca member.
Sandro Rosell, who was named in the lawsuit but denies wrongdoing, stepped down as president on Thursday. He said he wanted to protect the club’s image and alleged he and his family had been threatened.
Barca had been reluctant to reveal all the details of the deal, citing the confidentiality agreement, but after a board meeting on Friday, Rosell’s successor Josep Bartomeu told a news conference Neymar’s father had given them permission to go public.
Barca director Raul Sanllehi reiterated the transfer on its own had cost €57.1 million including €17.1 million to Santos and €40 million as a “compensation fee” paid to a company owned by Neymar’s parents.
However, he also detailed other payments around the transfer such as a signing bonus of €10 million and various other fees paid to the family that took the total cost to €86.2 million.
Barcelona are paying Neymar €8.8 million in wages per season for his five-year contract, said Sanllehi.
“Neymar’s father waived the confidentiality agreement because he considers what has happened (to Rosell) to be unjust,” Bartomeu said.
The player had received more lucrative offers from some of Barca’s rivals but the Brazilian decided to move to the Catalan capital because he believed in the club’s project and wanted to play alongside Argentina forward Lionel Messi, he added.
Bartomeu said he and the other members of the board, which has remained virtually unchanged after Rosell’s exit on Thursday, intended to see out their mandate until 2016 even if he or vice president Javier Faus are implicated in the lawsuit.
They also intend to stand for re-election for a further term.
The plan to re-model the club’s Nou Camp stadium, with construction due to start in 2017, was one of their main priorities, added Bartomeu.