Barcelona - Barcelona
have blocked payment of a €26 million bonus for star
attacker Neymar as speculation mounts that he will move to Paris
Saint-Germain, a source at the club said on Tuesday.
The Brazilian football star, who is due to come back for training on
Wednesday morning, is at the centre of an apparent tug of war between
the two European giants in what would be the most expensive transfer fee
in football history.
Speculation is mounting that the 25-year-old could quit Barcelona for PSG for a world-record €222 million.
"These €26 million have been placed with a notary pending to see
if the player continues," the source, who refused to be named, told
The renewal bonus was agreed on a year ago when Neymar extended his
contract with Barcelona until 2021, and was due to be paid to the player
after he completed a year.
But the club has decided to put it on hold pending to see how the situation evolves.
The contract Neymar signed also increased an early termination clause
from €200 to €222 million, which PSG is reportedly willing to pay.
Neymar's future is the talk of Spanish football, and particularly Barcelona supporters.
After a successful pre-season tour in the United States that saw
Barcelona win against Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid, the
footballer flew to China for a promotion trip.
But he studiously avoided commenting on the situation.
On Wednesday, Barcelona players resume training after their summer
break, with a double session in the morning and in the afternoon.
Neymar has been called to the training, the club source said, although Spanish sports media doubt he will show up.