With Neymar on the verge of leaving Barcelona, the club are doing everything they can to avoid paying the 26m euro payment to the players father, agreed last year, as part of a renewal premium.
The club will still deposit the money in a notary’s office to be paid only if Neymar stays, but not if he decides to leave.
Should they pay it, Neymar Sr. will have pocketed 66m euros in total from the club, but his wallet will continue fattening if his son goes to Paris Saint-Germain.
That’s because he’s already negotiated a 40m euro signing bonus for himself.
It’s a transfer operation that has become more and more bitter as the days have passed, and even journalists are fed up with the lack of information being passed to them.
“At least be polite,” was the only message given to members of the media that had gathered at Barcelona airport on Sunday.
The father and representative of the striker from São Paulo landed with a tired face after a direct flight from Miami.
He had not spoken in America about his son’s future and was not going to do it back to Barcelona either.
Better to keep his mouth shut to focus on the final phase of what will be the transfer of summer.
A transfer that promises to deliver more than 200m euros into Barcelona’s coffers, a record in the history of football.
No agent has had more influence on a player’s career than Neymar Sr.
The Blaugrana have also had to pay him 2.7m in commission, 10m of the initial transfer premium and other amounts (to distribute over five years) for publicity, to promote social media and to look for talents in Brazil.
Negotiating the payment method with the agreement for Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar Da Silva still wants to ensure he receives the 26m euros he agreed to renew his son with Barcelona.
This agreement was based on the pressure that PSG exercised last year, and it was designed to stop them getting Neymar this time last summer.
He could use an agreement between clubs, but that seems complicated without Marco Verratti entering the equation.
Meanwhile, Nasser Al-Khelaifi expressed optimism to the club’s executives.
“Neymar’s signing is going well, I have confidence,” he is to have said, according to Yahoo Sports France.