Barcelona are seeking at least €8.5 million (Dh37m) from Neymar for breach of contract, the club said on Tuesday following his world record €222m move to Paris Saint-Germain.
“In this lawsuit, the club demands the amount already paid as a bonus for the renewal of his contract for breach of contract, €8.5 million in damages, and an additional 10 per cent in interests,” Barcelona said in a statement.
Neymar signed a new five-year deal with Barca in 2016, but the Catalans were powerless to stop his move to PSG just a year later as the French side met the buyout clause in his contract.
Barca added the demand was lodged against Neymar on August 11 with Barcelona’s employment court, eight days after his stunning move to Ligue 1.
“Barcelona have taken these actions in defence of their interests, after Neymar’s contract was rescinded just a few months after he signed on until 2021,” the statement added.
The Catalan giants have also passed the claim onto Fifa and the French Football Federation via the Spanish Football Federation to take what they see as “the appropriate legal effects”.
Moreover, Barca urged PSG to pay the amount they are seeking if Neymar, who is reported to earn €30m after tax for the next five years in Paris – is not able to meet their demands.
The club’s latest move comes two days after Neymar fiercely criticised Barcelona’s under-fire board after scoring twice in a stunning home debut as PSG beat Toulouse 6-2 on Sunday.