Neymar has attempted to pay the €222million (£198m) fee to release him from his contract with Barcelona – but La Liga has rejected it.
A sports lawyer working for the player, Juan de Dio Crespo, deposited a cheque with the Spanish League on Thursday morning but the payment has not been accepted.
A La Liga statement read, ‘We can confirm that the lawyers of the player have come to La Liga to deposit the clause and that it has been rejected. It is all the information we will give so far.’
Neymar – who has delayed his arrival in Paris until Friday – is now in a race against time to register with the French league so he can make his debut on Saturday against Amiens. He needs to register a provisional transfer by Friday to make it in time to kick-off PSG‘s first match of the season.
La Liga president Javier Tebas in an interview with AS, said he would not accept the clause because of the doubts over PSG’s financing.
He said, “In terms of PSG, it is a clear case of financial doping, with the club and the state. PSG’s accounts show that they have a larger commercial income than Real Madrid and Manchester United, which is to say that the value of their brand is greater than those clubs. Well, that is impossible.”
He added, “We will not accept that money from a club like PSG that, without belonging to La Liga, want to embrace the rights of our organisation.”