The FC Barcelona President Rosell says 57M€, however other sources put it closer to the 100M€ & Brazilian Club Santos around the 140M€. This discrepancy in the figures has lead a Barça Club member, Mr Jordi Cases to file a law-suit against the FC Barcelona Directives which has been taken up by Spanish Anti-Corruption Judge Ruz who is investigating the issue. The Judge has solicited the Neymar contracts to see if there were irregularities & today Spanish paper "El Mundo" poured more gasoline onto the fire claiming the reality is Neymar cost 95M€ according to their journalistic investigations. The difference between the "official" 57M€ & the 95M€ is apparently due to commissions of all kinds that include:
- helping local favales ( "slum areas")
- Santos players preferences
- Friendly matches between Santos - FC Barcelona
- 10M€ signing bonus
- 11M€ commissions ( Father of Neymar )
- & other inventive clauses
The alarms already sounded earlier last summer when Real Madrid President Florentino Perez was asked by press why Real Madrid did not sign Neymar. The casual reply was that Real Madrid was not prepared to pay around 150M€ for Neymar. This radically contrasted with the said FC Barcelona price of 57M€. Why would a player sign for a Club that offered far less?
The Brazilian Club that "sold" Neymar, Santos, has said via their President Odilio Rodrigues to ESPN that they are considering - along with DIS ( a Brazilian firm which had shares in Neymar ) - going to court after knowing the accusations from Spain that FC Barcelona may have paid commission to the Neymar family outside of their "Club-DIS- agreement". The Brazilian Club sets the transfer price at 140M€ which coincides more or less with the Real Madrid version of the Neymar signing attempt.
FC Barcelona are categorically denying everything & have said that the Neymar transfer deal is totally transparent & cost 57M€. The evidence at this stage seems circumstantial as the Spanish Anti-corruption Authorities continue investigating further to gather solid evidence. Barça claim a "Madrid based" conspiracy theory lead by the dark forces of Spanish national newspaper "El Mundo" & their satellite interests political in some cases. Whatever the case for now, FC Barcelona is innocent until it is proven.
What is clear however is that this story keeps growing week by week & the opened can keeps spitting out worms. The hidden ghosts in the Barça wardrobe seems to be appearing & scarring many into asking very sensitive questions. How long can this be kept under wraps at Camp Barça? Who knows, but President Sandro Rosell & his Club Directives are sitting on a time bomb about to explode at any moment. The explosion & aftershock could be devastating.