Neymar has attempted to pay the €222million (£198m) fee to release him from his contract with Barcelona – but La Liga have sensationally rejected the payment.
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 off the back of threats made on Wednesday by La Liga president Javier Tebas that they would reject the money.
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.’
In response, the French league (LFP) have hit back at La Liga, asking the Spanish body to ‘abide by the FIFA rules’ and allow the Brazilian to join the Parisian club.