Neymar to Be Sued by Barcelona for Breach of Contract After PSG Move

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2017

PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 20: Neymar Jr of PSG during the French Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Toulouse FC (TFC) at Parc des Princes on August 20, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Barcelona will sue Neymar for breach of contract over his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

The lawsuit revolves around an 8.5 million loyalty bonus on his last Barcelona contract. Spanish football expert Graham Hunter and ESPN FC's Samuel Marsden relayed the news:

Neymar signed a contract extension with the Catalan giants in October last year before leaving for Paris earlier this month in a €222 million deal.

On Tuesday, Barca issued a statement to their official website:

"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.

"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."

The club added it is seeking to "protect its interests" after Neymar's departure so soon after signing a new deal.

Per ESPN.com, Neymar took aim at Barca's directors on Sunday after helping his new side thrash Toulouse 6-2 at the Parc des Princes in Paris:

"I don't have anything to say to the Barcelona board. For me. ... Well, actually I have something to say: That I am disappointed with them.

"I spent four years there and was very happy. I began happy, spent four years happy and left happy. But not with them. For me, they shouldn't be in charge of Barca. Barca deserve much better, and everyone knows this."

Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol believed the comments could be in relation to an outstanding loyalty bonus payment:

However, as Marsden suggested, it seems they might also have been as a result of the legal action he looks set to face:

It has not affected him on the pitch, though, or prevented him from enjoying an electric start to his career in the French capital, per the UEFA Champions League's official Twitter account:

Barca appear to still be reeling after the forward's departure, and despite the phenomenal amount of money they received for him, bringing in a replacement has thus far proved difficult.

With news the club are set to sue their former star, the saga is not yet over and may not be for some time.