The Spanish LFP’s attempt to reject Paris Saint-Germain‘s first attempt to pay the €222m (£198m) release clause of Neymar has been condemned by the French LFP.
On Wednesday morning it was confirmed by Barcelona that they had been informed of the 25-year-old’s intentions to leave the club for Paris this summer in what would be a world record transfer.
In order for this deal to go through, Barca also stated that his release clause must be paid in its entirety, but La Liga president Javier Tebas went on record to say the league would not be accepting money deposited by PSG, citing moral objections to the Ligue 1 club’s financial backing from Qatar.
This morning, LFP, responsible for administering the top two football divisions in Spain, issued a statement confirming they are refusing to process funds deposited by PSG and Neymar’s representatives:
“We can confirm that the lawyers of the player (Neymar) have come to La Liga to deposit the clause and that it has been rejected.
It is all the information we will give so far.”
Due to the understanding that the LFP have no legal grounds for blocking the transfer, the French LFP have issued a statement their own in which they’ve expressed a surprise at their Spanish counterparts for refusing to accept the payment for Neymar.
“The LFP is surprised and does not understand the refusal of the Liga to simply accept the payment of the release clause of the player Neymar,” read on their official website.
“The LFP asks the Liga to abide by the FIFA rules and its responsibilities.
“The LFP supports Paris Saint-Germain and wishes Neymar to join the Ligue 1 championship.
“The legal services of the LFP are in support and at the disposal of Paris Saint-Germain so that the Neymar contract is approved as soon as possible.”
The total cost of the operation is widely reported to surpass £400m, including Neymar’s reported £435,000-a-week wages, and La Liga maintain PSG cannot afford this without violating Financial Fair Play rules.