This transfer drama just won’t end.
After Barcelona put out a statement yesterday admitting that Neymar was set to leave Barcelona, all signs pointed to the culmination of this drawn-out saga. The 25-year old Brazilian even said his goodbyes to teammates and staff.
Lionel Messi also dedicated a heartfelt Instagram post to the departing Neymar.
Barcelona was to receive €222 million on the transfer. It was done and dusted. Both sides were moving on as Barcelona was going to use that money to find suitable replacements.
But in comes La Liga to add another annoying twist to this novel.
Earlier today, Neymar’s lawyers arrived at La Liga’s headquarters to deposit the buy-out clause in its totality. However, their deposit was declined by La Liga.
As is with everything in the Spanish first division, interpretation on this latest development depended on whether one supported Real Madrid or Barcelona.
While Barcelona fans, in large part, are tired of the whole Neymar case and welcomed his departure, certain sectors of Real Madrid supporters believe that this new development is a way for La Liga to help Barcelona by retaining Neymar. On the other hand, some parts of Barcelona fans think that the rejection of the buy-out clause was done in order to hurt Barcelona in order for the transfer to drag on thus ensuring that either Barcelona couldn’t sign anyone or their incorporation would come very late in the window with Barcelona having to overspend.
As for what’s next for Neymar and his entourage, Spanish journalist, Gerard Romero, reports that they will fly back to Barcelona where they will hand over the money either directly to Barcelona or it will be placed in a notary.
The delay in the acceptance of the payment will not stop Neymar from becoming a PSG player.
In an update, Romero also reports that La Liga president, Javier Tebas, has told RAC1 that if Barcelona accept the €222 million, then La Liga will not get involved.
At this point it’s only a matter of hours until everything becomes official. Neymar will become a PSG player and Barcelona will be left with the unenviable task of finding suitable replacements.
Looking at the pattern of incompetence displayed by the current board, it’s more than understandable as to why so many Barcelona fans are confident that the board will manage to screw this up.