Barcelona’s club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, recently revealed how much money the Catalan club paid for the young Brazilian. Josep admitted that the club paid over €100 million for the player – €17 million of which, went to Santos FC.
Since the player’s move in 2013, many believed that the now 24-year-old cost the Catalans just over €50 million. However, the official breakdown has been disclosed by Josep Bartomeu.
ESPN published Bartomeu’s full statement:
“I think we’re mixing up concepts, I’ll explain,” he began.
“The cost of signing the player was €57 million, which is what was paid: €17.1 million to Santos and €40 million to the player’s father.
“Moreover, he reached the final of the Ballon d’Or: an extra two million. Those €59.1 million and the €5.5 million from the agreement with the public prosecutor’s office and the State Attorney’s Office, that’s the cost of the deal.
“Another thing is the overall cost of the operation. And this is an amount which is over €100 million.”
The Catalan president has confirmed that his club only paid a mere €17.1 million to the club where Neymar began his career. Considering today’s market, where Gonzalo Higuain is worth £75 million and Paul Pogba is valued at £92 million, that is an utter bargain.
The 24-year-old has been subject to investigations regarding his transfer from Brazil. The investigations were initiated by DIS, a Brazilian investment group, who claimed that they owned just under 50% of Neymar’s rights. However, the official terms of Neymar’s transfer were not released.
Neymar has just recently signed a new deal with the Spanish giants. The new deal is set to earn him around €24.8 million a year (half of which goes for tax), and it will expire in the year 2021.