Barcelona has paid 13.55 million euros ($18.6 million) to Spanish tax authorities to cover any potential irregularities in its signing of Neymar while maintaining its innocence of fraud charges levied against it.
The Spanish champion said in a statement on Monday it had paid the “complimentary” amount to cover any “eventual interpretations that could come out of the contracts signed relating to the transfer of Neymar. Meanwhile we are convinced of the legality of our initial fulfilment relating to our tax obligations.”
Barcelona’s actions take the price of Neymar’s transfer to 100 million euros ($138 million) after the Catalan club initially said it had paid 57.1 million euros ($74 million) for the Brazil forward.
Neymar’s signing forced the resignation of Sandro Rosell as president last month.