Barcelona confirm receipt of £198m payment for Neymar

La Liga By: Ambrose Udeme | 03/08/2017

Barcelona confirm receipt of £198m payment for Neymar

La Liga giants Barcelona have confirmed they have received the £198m payment for Neymar from Parsi Saint-Germain.

A statement on the Catalan club's website read: "On Thursday afternoon Neymar Jr's legal representatives visited in person the Club's offices and made the payment of 222 million euros in the player's name.

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"On Thursday afternoon Neymar Jr's legal representatives visited in person the Club's offices and made the payment of 222 million euros in the player's name with regards to the unilateral termination of the contract that united both parties.

"As such, the Club will pass on to UEFA the details of the above operation so that they can determine the disciplinary responsibilities that may arise from this case." the statement reads

The Catalans appear to be convinced that it is impossible for this operation to take place without PSG breaking the rules of financial fair play.

Sky Sports say Neymar is expected in Paris on Friday ahead of presentation at Paris Saint-Germain. The event details are still being finalised, so it is yet to be confirmed whether the PSG presentation will be on Thursday too.

PSG's first game of new season is on Saturday at home, the Parc de Princes, against Amiens.

Barcelona confirm receipt of £198m payment for Neymar

Picture credit: @marca.com

Following reports that there was nothing La Liga could do if Neymar's lawyers went to Barcelona directly and pay his €222m release clause. The player's lawyers then proceeded to the team's base where they met with club officials before effecting payment.

La Liga did not want to accept the money because they believe it is an illegal transaction and they don't know where the money is coming from. The rest was up to Barcelona.
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