Santos threaten Barça with legal action for Neymar bonus
The Brazilian club issued a statement in which they claim they are due a two million euro bonus for Neymar finishing as Ballon d’Or finalist.
Santos have club issued a statement in which they accuse Barcelona of failing to comply with a clause they claim was in the contract they signed for the transfer of Neymar. The Catalans have refused to pay a two million euro bonus which Santos say they are due for Neymar finishing as one of the three Ballon d’Or finalists. Barcelona have replied stating a number of irregularities such as the lack of a tax receipt from the Brazilian club. Santos meanwhile feel that this is just “a smokescreen” and have threatened to take the case to court.
Barcelona’s stance is based on the formal complaint Santos presented to FIFA back in May, in which they attempted to recover a figure in excess of the 17.5 million euros they received for Neymar; the cost of the operation is thought to be in excess of 80 million, a large part of which went to third parties.
Santos say they have not received the letter from Barcelona in which they state they refuse to pay the bonus for the Ballon d’Or and cite that the clause is independent of the claim filed to FIFA.