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Barcelona sue Brazilian Neymar for €8.5m signing bonus

He only signed a new contract with the Spanish club in October before his 222 million world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 August, 2017, 12:25am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 August, 2017, 9:18am

Barcelona are suing Neymar for the €8.5 million (HK$77 million) bonus they paid the Brazil striker for signing a contract he later broke to join Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record transfer.

Barcelona said on Tuesday that they wants Neymar to pay back the bonus for a contract in October 2016 that tied him to the club through 2021.

The Spanish club also wants an additional 10 per cent interest.

Neymar was able to leave Barcelona earlier this month after PSG paid 222 million to trigger a release clause included in his contract.

Barcelona said in a statement that they “has taken these actions in defence of its interests after the unilateral breaking of the contract carried out by Neymar just a few months after having signed his renewal.”

The club is also demanding that PSG pay the money, if Neymar is unable to do so. Barcelona said the suit was filed on August 11.