According to a story in El Mundo on Wednesday, Barcelona will sue Neymar for 10.2 million euros ($12 million) that they consider the Brazilian overpaid during his tenure at the club.
Between 2013 and 2017, Neymar enjoyed a fruitful spell at Barca before joining Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record fee of 222 million euros.
According to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, however, an investigation by the tax office in Spain found that Barcelona “did not make sufficient reductions while paying Neymar’s taxes, according to an inspection carried out in Barcelona that lasted until 2015.
The Spanish tax office estimated that “unfair enrichment” benefited Neymar, the study added. The club will now attempt to recover the amount they are owed, a Barcelona source confirmed to AFP.
According to an official document released in September, Neymar has more unpaid tax with the Spanish authorities than any other citizen, with debts amounting to EUR 34.6 million.
Two of Neymar’s moves, including his arrival at Camp Nou from Brazilian team Santos in 2013 and his historic move to PSG four years later, are also currently being investigated by Spain’s fiscal authorities.
In between, in 2016, Neymar also signed a new deal with the Catalans, including a loyalty bonus of 26 million euros that Barca declined to pay after he left for the Parc des Princes.
In June, a Spanish court ruled in favor of the club and ordered Neymar to pay Barcelona 6.79 million euros.
Despite their legal disputes, many attempts to re-sign Neymar were made by Barca.
But for now, considering Barcelona’s financial difficulties as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a new bid seems unlikely.