Barcelona warned over Messi's £271m release clause

Barcelona warned over Messi's £271m release clause

The Catalan giants have been rocked by the loss of key forward Neymar this month, seeing the Brazil worldwide join Paris Saint-Germain after a £198m clause in his contract was met. Until now it was simply seen as impossible. When Neymar was bought by Barcelona from Santos of Brazil in 2013, a £200 million break clause was inserted in his contract in the belief that no club in the world could possibly afford to buy him out.

As for PSG, it is France's most famous football club but with a stadium capacity of just 48,000 you might wonder how it can possibly afford a player who will cost €30 million a year on top of his transfer fee. That used to be an outrageous amount. However it is now up to tax authorities to decide whether they accept the amount that Neymar's defense team has calculated that he owes. I mean who would pay €300m?

"I don't even know if this is right", Klopp continued. "No coach would demand such a thing".

Neymar joins PSG
Neymar joins PSG

Hostility between the two sides reached new levels as Qatar-backed PSG took Neymar from under the nose of Barcelona, in doing so acquiring their natural heir to the throne of Messi. A simple solution would be a rule. €150 million or €550 million, or whatever, and then no one would complain anymore.

"This bonus really exists and its payment is a contract fulfillment, let's hope that what was agreed, and we are talking about it with Barcelona", Marcos Motta, an global sports law specialist who represents Neymar, told Sport.

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