Barcelona to Sue Neymar for €8.5m for Contract Breach

Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Demebele is a top transfer target for Barcelona

Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Demebele is a top transfer target for Barcelona

Barcelona are suing Neymar for €8.5 million (NZ$13.7m) for breach of contract as they want him to return the bonus he was paid when he signed a new five-year deal just nine months before joining French football club Paris St Germain.

The Brazil worldwide made the 222m euro move to the Ligue 1 club in August after buying out his contract.

"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 euros in damages, and an additional 10 percent in interest", Barcelona's statement reads.

Life as a PSG player has started well for the 25-year-old, who scored on his debut and then added two more along with three assists in a stunning show against Toulouse on Sunday.

"FC Barcelona has sent to the Royal Spanish Football Federation the labour demand that on 11 August was filed against the player Neymar Jr before the Social Court of Barcelona, to transfer it to the French Football Federation and Fifa, to the appropriate legal effects", a club statement said.

The Brazilian superstar had a hand in everything else his new side did at the Parc des Princes as they recovered from the shock of falling behind early on to a Max Gradel goal.

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The timing and force of Neymar's comments seemed unusual at the time, but they now make ideal sense in light of Barcelona's lawsuit.

The club is also demanding that PSG pay the money, if Neymar is unable to do so. However, less than a year later the player chose to leave Barcelona by paying his release clause to move to the Ligue 1 side.

The statement continued: "The club also requests Paris St-Germain take on responsibility for the payment of these fees if the player can not do so himself".

Neymar did not publicly say he was considering a move to PSG until August 3, the day Barcelona terminated his contract and he signed with his new team.

"I had four very happy years there, but Barca deserve much better".

"I am disappointed with them [Barcelona directors]".

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