July 13, 2013 09:49
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Superstar Neymar at Camp Nou : Barcelona Tickets
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Brazil star Neymar has arrived at Camp Nou and begun training with the squad.
The 57 million euros transfer fee for the 21-year-old Brazil international was confirmed by Barca vice-president Josep Bartomeu, who also revealed the forward’s buy-out clause in his five-year contract has been set at €190 m.
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Bartomeu said the fee will give the club full ownership of Neymar. An advanced payment of €10 m has already been made and the rest will be paid in instalments over the course of the next three years.
"Neymar has signed a five-year contract with a buyout clause of €190m. The total cost of the operation to sign him is €57 million with no payments made to any intermediaries other than the four parties (three companies plus Santos) involved," he said at a press conference.
"Barcelona now have all the sporting and economic rights of the player.”
Other clubs, including Real Madrid, tried to buy the player forcing the price up from the original €40 m Barca wanted to spend on Neymar.
"Neymar wanted to come and it helped even though the figure has ascended our expected level of spending from €40m up to €57m, a price which rose because of interest from other teams,” Bartomeu said.
“The operation has been made more expensive due to the interest of other clubs that interfered in the signing of Neymar.
"Barca's offer was not the highest of all. Interference from other clubs has pushed up the operation but we are delighted to have Neymar here.”
Barca will play two games against Santos as part of the deal.
"It would be perfect if in the future some other Santos players could come to Barcelona.
“This is a part of the agreement with Santos, if there is a player who can be interesting for the club, they could come to Barcelona.
"We will play two friendlies against Santos - one in Brazil and one here at Camp Nou as part of the deal.”
Andoni Zubizarreta was also at the presentation and said he was certain there would be no problem with Neymar playing alongside Lionel Messi at Camp Nou.
"Great players can always play together. You can never have too much talent," he explained.
"He is one of the world's best talents of his generation and he could be a reference point.
"We will enjoy some magical nights with him and his team-mates. They will be delighted to share a dressing room with Neymar."
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