Spanish giants Barcelona are planning to sue their former player Neymar over his move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Barcelona sold Neymar to the French billionaires for a world record €222m fee this summer, which was his full buyout clause.
Barcelona are claiming breach of contract over a bonus payment triggered when Neymar signed a new five-year contract with them in October 2016.
“FC Barcelona has sent the Spanish Football Federation the labour lawsuit against Neymar Jr they submitted on 11 August at the Labour Tribunal in Barcelona so that they can pass it on to the appropriate authorities in the French Football Federation and FIFA,” Barcelona said in a statement on their official website on Tuesday.
“In the lawsuit, the Club demands the player return the already paid sum for his contract renewal as he has not completed his contract; 8.5 million euros in damages; and an additional 10% because of delayed payment. The Club also requests Paris Saint-Germain take on responsibility for the payment of these fees if the player cannot do so himself.
“FC Barcelona has started these proceedings to protect its interests following Neymar’s contract termination just months after he signed a contract extension until 2021. This legal defence will be carried out following the established procedures with the competent authorities without entering into any verbal arguments with the player.”
Neymar only on Monday criticised the Barcelona board for being incompetent.