Barcelona vice-president: Neymar to blame for high transfer fees


Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre has identified the reason behind the increasing transfer fees in European football: former Blaugrana star striker Neymar. The vice-president believes that Neymar played "cat and mouse" with his club before the move to Paris Saint-Germain and from there things escalated to today's unbelievable transfer fees. Neymar became the most expensive player in the history of football last summer when he moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros.

"We would have saved a lot of money and a lot of media noise," said Mestre. "What hurt me the most was the way it happened." The Brazilian forward had just signed a new contract with Barcelona in July 2016 and got himself a renewal bonus worth 8.5 million euros. Mestre said: "If he came to us and said, 'I want to go', we would have reached an agreement. What you can't do is rock the boat. He told us nothing. If he had done, PSG would have been able to buy him for less money and it would have cost us less to sign players too."

In fact, Barcelona had to pay huge sums of money after Neymar's departure: almost 100 million pounds for Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele and 142 million pounds on Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho. Neymar insisted that he did not join Paris Saint-Germain for the money, but he did make an official complaint to FIFA against Barcelona for a loyalty bonus that the Catalan club refused to pay him. That bonus was worth 23 million pounds and vice-president Mestre explains why they did not pay up: "It arrived at a point where we saw where things were going, so we told him we would not pay his contract renewal loyalty fee."

Barcelona are currently 11/2 at Bet365 to win the Champions League this season.

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  • Bulgaria sharpe

    6/2/18

    Of course Neimar not worth 222 mill, he doesn't even worth half of that if you ask me but I don't think just his transfer alone is the reason for the high players fees lately.
    There's something called an 'inflation' plus the fact the TV and sponsors incomes have been increased significantly in the top championships of Europe so all that created a higher number of teams who could afford certain player I think.
    There's one more thing...there's lack of talent lately so there's a rivalry between the top teams for the best players which of course raised the prices additionally.
    But Barcelona and Real are a bit spoilt, they think only their name is enough for the player to be interested and usually they are but the players agents and the sellers are interested in numbers first.

    Otherwise a nice re-signing bonus for Neimar which just shows what kind of a person he is...and a hugely overrated player too.

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