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Barça claim Neymar cost 57 million; the buy-out fee: 190
Bartomeu insists that the 57 million transfer fee will be distributed among four parties: DIS, Teisa, Santos and a sports consultancy.
Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu and Director of Sport Andoni Zubizarreta gave a breakdown of the costs involved in bringing Neymar to Camp Nou. Bartomeu explained that the total cost of the operation was 57 million euros which will be distributed between four companies - DIS, Teisa, Santos and a sports consultancy. The player’s release clause has been set at 190 million euros.
Bartomeu went on to confirm that Neymar has signed a five-year deal and that Barcelona will retain all of the player’s federative and economic rights. He also explained that the transfer operation was conducted “without the involvement of intermediaries or agents”.
Bartomeu claimed that the distribution of the 57 million euros between the four companies could not be disclosed due to a confidentiality clause and confirmed that Barcelona and Santos would play two friendly matches during Neymar’s time at Barça – one in Brazil and a second at Camp Nou. Santos could be invited to take part in this summer’s Joan Gamper trophy tournament should they gain permission to participate from the Brazilian Football Confederation. Both clubs would take an equal share of turnstile receipts in both matches.
The vice-president was asked about Florentino Pérez’s declarations that Madrid’s attempts to coax Neymar to the signing for Real Madrid would have cost 150 million euros. “I don’t know where they get that figure from. Madrid’s endeavours to sign the player and those of other clubs made the operation more expensive for us – by about 17 million euros. But we feel we are signing a reliable player and so we are not too perturbed by the extra cost”.