BARCELONA (AFP) – Barcelona have blocked payment of a $31-million bonus for star attacker Neymar as speculation mounts that he will move to Paris Saint-Germain, a source at the club said yesterday.
The Brazilian football star is at the centre of an apparent tug of war between the two European giants in what would be the most expensive transfer fee in football history.
Speculation is mounting that the 25-year-old could quit Barcelona for PSG for a world-record $262 million.
“These 26 million euros have been placed with a notary pending to see if the player continues,” the source, who refused to be named, said.
The renewal bonus was agreed on a year ago when Neymar extended his contract with Barcelona until 2021, and was due to be paid to the player after he completed a year.
But the club has decided to put it on hold pending to see how the situation evolves.
The contract Neymar signed also increased an early termination clause from $236 to $262 million, which PSG is reportedly willing to pay.
Neymar’s future is the talk of Spanish football, and particularly Barcelona supporters.