Thursday, September 15, 2016

Neymar's transfer to Barcelona be investigated by La Liga

Neymar's 2013 transfer to Barcelona is to be investigated by
La Liga.

The Spanish football league body wants talks with the club
about the agreement they came to with the Spanish Public
Prosecutor's Office over the signing.

In June, Barcelona paid a €5.5m (£4.3m) fine over the 24-
year-old's move from Santos. The La Liga club were accused
of tax fraud, which they denied.

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu had blamed the dispute
on "a mistake... in tax planning".

Barcelona said it paid €57m (£43m) for the forward, with the
player's parents receiving €40m and Santos €17m.
But investigators said the fee was closer to €83m and that
Barcelona had concealed part of the deal. The club denied the
Spain's La Liga has announced an investigation into the
circumstances surrounding Brazil star Neymar's 2013 transfer
from Santos to Barcelona.

Bartomeu added at the time: "It was better to accept this
agreement than continue on with the uncertainty that has
dragged on for a long time over the Neymar case."

A La Liga statement on Thursday read: "Following widespread
media reports, La Liga confirms an informative hearing will be
launched with FC Barcelona in relation to the agreement
reached between the club's board and the Spanish Public
Prosecutor's Office in the Neymar legal case."
Neymar signed a new five-year contract with Barcelona in
The forward, who won Olympic gold with Brazil in Rio de
Janeiro in August, has scored 55 goals in 94 La Liga games
for his club.

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