Neymar is due to go on trial in October over his alleged move to Barcelona, judicial sources said on Wednesday.
The Brazil international, his parents and former Barcelona presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu are to face charges of corruption in the striker’s 2013 move from Santos to Barcelona.
Rosell and Bartomeu face fraud charges at the trial, scheduled for October 17-31.
Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 for a world record fee of 222 million euros, but his move from boyhood club Santos to Barca was controversial.
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The case stems from a complaint by Brazilian team DIS, which owns a percentage of the player’s rights.
Barcelona spent 57.1 million euros on the transfer, with 40 million euros going to Neymar’s family and 17.1 million euros to Santos, but Spanish prosecutors later said they spent at least 83.3 million euros.
Of the 17.1 million euros paid to Santos, DIS received 6.8 million euros, alleging that Barca and Neymar colluded to hide the true amount of the transfer.
Prosecutors have asked for a two-year prison sentence for Neymar, but he says he is focused on football and blindly trusts his agent, his father.
Bartomeu took over the presidency of Barcelona from his good friend Rosel in January 2014, amid allegations of corruption surrounding the transfer.
In the year In 2020, Barcelona said they were cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport over fraud claims.
In the year In 2020, a document revealed that Neymar owed more unpaid taxes than any individual blacklisted by the Spanish authorities.
The tax office declined to say whether Neymar’s presence on the list was related to his move from Santos to Barcelona.
Neymar has also been in trouble with Brazilian tax authorities after being fined for tax evasion.
The 30-year-old has recently been playing in PSG’s pre-season tour of Japan, which concludes its season opener in the French Champions League against Nantes in Tel Aviv on Sunday.
Neymar, Brazil’s all-time top scorer, will be hoping to lead his country to a sixth World Cup in Qatar later this year.
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