Barcelona have announced they are suing Neymar for a breach of contract in the aftermath of the Brazilian’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month.
The Catalan club are also attempting to claim back money already paid to the player after refusing to pay about €26 million in bonus payments that was part of his contract with them.
In a statement Tuesday, Barca said they are owed money which Neymar received as part of a renewal bonus when he signed a new contract last year, in addition to €8.5m in damages plus interest, ESPN writes.
Having first filed the lawsuit in a Barcelona court on Aug. 11, the club said they have now passed the complaint on to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).￼Neymar dazzled on his PSG debut.
“FC Barcelona have sent a claim to be made against Neymar for breach of contract to the RFEF for it to be passed on to the French Football Federation [FFF] and FIFA,” the statement read
“In the demand, the club claims back money paid as part of a renewal bonus based on the fact he has not fulfilled his contract; €8.5m in damages; and an additional 10 percent in interest. The club also claims that PSG subsidise the amounts in the event that the player cannot take responsibility.
“FC Barcelona have taken these steps in order to defend their own interests after Neymar rescinded his contract with the club just a few months after signing a renewal until 2021.” _
Barca have been reeling since Neymar put pen to paper on a world record €222m transfer to PSG this summer.
They’ve failed in bids to replace the Brazilian gem with his compatriot Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool, while moves for Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele have met a brick wall.
Uncertainty at the club is at its highest in recent times, with fears that talisman Leo Messi will follow the Brazilian and leave the Camp Nou.
The lawsuit comes as Neymar, 25, blasted the Barca board, claiming a club of their standing deserved better.