The protracted court case involving the 25-year-old Barcelona superstar is not looking like it has reached an end yet with latest report claiming the forward is set to stand trial in Spain for fraud relating to his controversial transfer from Brazilian club Santos in 2013.
Barca fought off interest from a number of clubs across Europe to secure Neymar’s signature four years ago for a fee originally thought to be around £49m.
However, it has since emerged that the actual fee paid for the Brazilian was closer to £71.5m, prompting an investigation by the Spanish authorities over allegations of fraud.
Brazilian investment company [DIS] argue that they are owed 40% of the additional fee, as they owned that percentage of the midfielder’s image rights at the time of his transfer to Camp Nou.
DIS believe it was cheated out of a percentage of their share of the deal, due to collusion between Barcelona, Santos and Neymar.
The Spanish prosecutor’s office claims the deal altered ‘the free market of football players by preventing the player from entering the market in accordance with the rules of free competition’.
While the court case was on, current Barcelona president’s successor Sandro Rosell was also charged with tax fraud in 2015 and is set to stand trial after his final appeal was rejected by a Spanish court earlier this month which could attract five-year prison sentence.
Last year, prosecutors recommended that Neymar receive a two-year jail sentence and a fine of £8.54m if found guilty.