The Barcelona president who has ended up in court over the club’s signing of Neymar is ready to throw even more money at him to keep the 23-year-old happy at the Nou Camp.
The Brazilian captain will be handed a new deal keeping him at the club until 2020 with a buy-out clause rising to €250million if Josep Maria Bartomeu, who stood down from the presidency last week so that the club’s electoral process could begin, wins the July 18th elections.
Bartomeu was vice-president when Barcelona signed Neymar in 2013 and then succeeded Sandro Rosell who stood down over the tax evasion charges that followed the transfer. Bartomeu has been called to stand trial over an alleged €13m in taxes the Spanish treasury claims should have been paid on the transfer. But while the legal battle rumbles on, Bartomeu has already agreed a two-year extension to Neymar’s original contract that runs until 2018 and for his buy-out clause to match the one placed on Lionel Messi.