Spain’s La Liga on Thursday rejected payment of a record-breaking release clause that would allow Brazilian striker Neymar to leave Barcelona for Paris St Germain, a source from the national soccer league said.
A group of lawyers representing Neymar visited La Liga in Madrid on Thursday to try to settle the transfer and pay the 222 million-euro ($263 million) break fee.
It was not immediately clear whether La Liga’s refusal to accept payment would put the brakes on a transfer that mega-rich PSG believe will help them conquer the Champions League.
PSG’s president Nasser al-Khelaifi declined to comment when asked about the latest development during a visit to a children’s holiday camp outside Paris, where French President Emmanuel Macron was also in attendance.
“I’m here today on behalf of PSG’s foundation,” Qatari businessman al-Khelaifi said.
The French League (LFP) issued a statement later saying it “did not understand” the refusal of La Liga to accept the payment of the release clause for Neymar.
“The LFP asks the Liga to abide by the FIFA rules and its responsibilities,” the statement said.