Barcelona will sue Neymar for 10.2 million euros ($ 12 million) which they believe they overpaid the Brazilian during his time at the club, according to an El Mundo report on Wednesday.
Neymar enjoyed a successful spell at Barça between 2013 and 2017 before signing for Paris Saint-Germain for € 222 million, a world record.
But according to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, an inspection by the tax office in Spain showed that Barcelona “did not make adequate reductions when paying Neymar’s taxes, according to an inspection carried out in Barcelona that lasted until 2015.”
The tax office in Spain estimates that Neymar benefited from “unfair enrichment,” the report adds. A Barcelona source confirmed to AFP that the club will now seek to claim the amount owed to them.
The 28-year-old has more unpaid taxes with the Spanish authorities than anyone else, with debts of 34.6 million euros, according to an official document released in September.
Spanish tax authorities are also reportedly investigating two of Neymar’s transfers, including his arrival at the Camp Nou from Brazil’s Santos in 2013 and his historic move to PSG four years later.
In between, Neymar also signed a new contract with the Catalans in 2016, with a loyalty bonus of 26 million euros that Barça refused to pay after he left for the Parc des Princes.
A Spanish court ruled in favor of the club in June, telling it to pay € 6.79 million to Barcelona.
Despite their legal disputes, Barça have made several attempts to re-sign Neymar.
But a new offer seems impossible for now, given Barcelona’s financial troubles as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.