Barcelona have insisted they will not clear Neymar’s world record transfer to PSG until they have received all of the €222m fee agreed between the clubs.
Neymar was forced to sit out PSG’s first Ligue 1 match of the season against Amiens last week due to the lack of official clearance for his transfer.
The French club must first present an International Transfer Certificate to FIFA confirming the move before Neymar is eligible to play, a usually routine piece of paperwork that in this case has caused the player’s debut to be delayed.
Reports state that it is Barcelona who are holding up the process, as they await full payment of the mammoth fee to be completed before they yield the necessary documents to the Spanish FA (RFEF), who in turn are entrusted with sending them on to France.
Club sources insist there is no wrongdoing on their part, and that it is standard procedure for Barcelona in such cases to validate all transfer income before releasing a player’s registration.