Neymar may have signed for Paris Saint-Germain, but it may still take a while for the Brazilian to make his debut for the French Ligue 1 side. According to 90min quoting from popular French sports publication, L’Equipe, FC Barcelona is holding on to crucial papers.
The Spanish side is yet to send over the Brazil international’s international transfer certificate. FC Barcelona have apparently informed the Spanish Football Federation to hold off on handing over the required documents for Neymar, with the delayed arrival of the necessary paperwork potentially preventing the 25-year-old from playing against Guingamp on Saturday.
Barcelona are alleged to have just two weeks – 15 days to be exact – to provide PSG with the certificate or they could face being brought up against world football’s governing body FIFA for a lack of co-operation over the world-record transfer.
However, PSG may not have to cry foul to FIFA over the slow nature of Barca’s dealing in this saga, as a provisional certificate will be provided to them, according to article 6 of FIFA’s rulings on transfers, which would allow Neymar to finally make his senior bow for Le Parisiens against Toulouse on 20th August.
Neymar completed a world-record £200 million move to PSG last Thursday after weeks of intense speculation about his Barcelona future.
Despite the switch finally going ahead, however, problems have continued to plague the protracted transfer with PSG, Barcelona and Neymar’s representatives all at loggerheads over various parts of the deal.
Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu criticised Neymar on Monday over the manner of his departure from the Nou Camp, while Neymar’s own father, who is also his agent, has drawn scorn for his involvement in convincing his son to make the astronomical move to the Parc de Princes.
Neymar is currently enjoying some downtime on a yacht in Saint-Tropez as PSG try to thrash out a way to get their new superstar on the pitch in time for the clash with Guingamp.