Barcelona Brazilian didn’t turn up to court
Neymar and Barcelona failed to reach an agreement over a bonus that the Blaugrana were due to pay the Brazilian.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar travelled to Spain, but didn’t turn up at the court on Friday, although the night before he went out for dinner with Brazil teammate Arthur Melo and ex-Espanyol forward Leo Baptistao.
Barcelona spokesman Josep Vives was the first to arrive at the court, where the two parties unsuccessfully tried to reach a deal.
The case will go to a trial as Neymar‘s lawyer German Rodriguez filed a lawsuit claiming the 64.4 million euros of the loyalty bonus that the club owe his client.
As stated in the contract, the payment should have been made in two instalments, divided in 20 million euros before June 30, 2016 and the rest before July 30, 2017.
Barcelona‘s lawyer Carles McCrugh, however, claims that the Catalan club have evidence that the Brazilian was willing to leave before the end of July.
Meanwhile, Neymar‘s defence maintain that their client’s contract with PSG was signed on August 3, 2017.
The Blaugrana have also filed a lawsuit, claiming 33 million euros, 22.5 million euros of which from a main petition and 11 million euros from a subsidiary party.
Both sides’ deadline to present the evidence is set for October 21 at 15:00 CEST.