Barcelona's signing of Neymar being investigated by court

Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:33pm EST
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By Tim Hanlon

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona have been ordered by a local court to provide details about the signing of Neymar before a decision is made on whether to open proceedings against club president Sandro Rosell for the misappropriation of funds.

The case has been brought to court by club member Jordi Cases.

The Brazil forward signed for the Spanish champions in the close season for 57.1 million euros ($78.40 million) of which 17.1 million euros went to his former club Santos, it was said in court.

Cases is looking for clarification over what happened to the remaining 40 million euros, which Barcelona say was paid to a company, named in media reports as Neymar & Neymar.

"It is not known what has really taken place with the 40 million euros supposedly paid to the player or his representatives," Cases said in a statement read out at the hearing on Wednesday.

The judge Pablo Ruz has given Barcelona five days to provide Neymar's contracts.

He has also asked for the club's financial records from the previous three years to cover the period during which negotiations for the 21-year-old's signing took place.

"It is a charge without basis. I am relaxed," Rosell told reporters on Monday.   Continued...

Ajax Amsterdam's Joel Veltman (L) fights for the ball with Barcelona's Neymar (R) during their Champions League group H soccer match at Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam November 26, 2013. REUTERS/Michael Kooren