Joan Oliver, the right-hand man of presidential hopeful Joan Laporta, has accused fellow candidates of leaving a sizeable hole in the Catalans’ finances going forward.
Neymar will end up costing Barcelona €220 million due to his transfer, contract deals and potential legal payouts, according to the right-hand man of presidential candidate Joan Laporta.
The Brazil international signed for the Catalans two years ago for a €57m (£41m) fee, but several months later it emerged that the full cost of the transfer when hidden payouts were included was €86.2m (£61.8m).
The fallout from the move saw Sandro Rosell resign as Barcelona president and Josep Maria Bartomeu step in to fill his shoes for 18 months.
Bartomeu, who is Laporta’s main rival for the club’s chief position ahead of elections later this month, insisted on Friday that Neymar’s actual cost remained €57m (£41m), dismissing the pending fraud trials as without merit.
But Laporta’s general director Joan Oliver, who will become the Catalans CEO if the former club chief wins the vote, is concerned with how Neymar’s deal will impact Barca financially.
“Neymar could end up costing up to €220m (£158.2m),” he told Marca. “For now the total cost is €100m (£71.9m), but after the court proceedings it could rise by another €122m (£87.7m) due to economic liabilities.”
Although Neymar’s transfer has cast a shadow over Barcelona since his arrival, the 23-year-old is largely considered to have been a huge success on the pitch.
The forward scored 39 goals in 51 appearances for Barcelona last season as Luis Enrique’s side romped to success in the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey.