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Barcelona pay €13.5m 'complimentary tax donation' in relation to Neymar signing

Barcelona pay €13.5m 'complimentary tax donation' in relation to Neymar signing
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Barcelona Football Club have paid 13.5 million euros to the Spanish authorities after being charged with tax fraud.

However, they deny any offence linked to the signing of Santos striker Neymar last summer.

The club reportedly paid around 57 million euros for the 22-year-old in what is officially – with signing-on fees – the most expensive transfer in history.

But it has now been alleged that, if other contracts are taken into account, the actual cost of the player was much greater, with some sources saying it could be as high as about 111.7 million euros. If this is found to be the case, the original tax payment would have been higher.

Barca say their latest payment is “a complimentary tax donation” and maintain the original tax payment was fiscally correct.

Sandro Rossell, the former president of the club, is also under investigation. He, too, denies any wrongdoing.