Barcelona have announced they are taking legal action against Neymar after alleging the Brazilian failed to fulfil his contract.
Earlier this month, the Catalan giants saw Neymar depart for Paris Saint-Germain, who met the €222million release clause in the player's contract, smashing the world transfer record in the process.
Neymar has made a stunning start to his time in Ligue 1, scoring three times in his first two games, but on Tuesday Barca released a statement confirming they were suing the forward for at least €8.5m.
Barca's complaint relates to Neymar having signed a fresh deal until 2021 in October last year, with the club hoping to recoup his "renewal premium" as well as €8.5m in damages and a further 10 per cent in arrears.
The club went on to say that if Neymar is unable to pay, PSG will be expected to cover the costs.
Comunicado del FC Barcelona pic.twitter.com/opVIIJ4mh6— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) August 22, 2017
"In the lawsuit, the club demands the player return the already paid sum for his contract renewal as he has not completed his contract; 8.5 million euros in damages; and an additional 10 per cent because of delayed payment," the statement read.
"The club also requests Paris Saint-Germain take on responsibility for the payment of these fees if the player cannot do so himself.
"FC Barcelona has started these proceedings to protect its interests following Neymar’s decision to buy out his contract just months after he signed an extension until 2021.
"This legal defence will be carried out following the established procedures with the competent authorities without entering into any verbal arguments with the player."
Shortly after Neymar completed his move to PSG, Barca announced that the player would not receive a €26m loyalty bonus after they accused him of breaching his contract.
It was reported that Neymar's father - also his agent - held up the move to PSG beyond the end of July in order to trigger the payment, which had been inserted as part of his new deal.
"There were three conditions [to the bonus]: one, that the player does not negotiate with another club in the last three months before July 31," Barca said at the time.
"Two, that he will express publicly his commitment to fulfil his contract.
"Three, the collection was to be made on September 1, to ensure that he did not go to another club."
After scoring twice on his home debut for PSG - a 6-2 thrashing of Toulouse on Sunday - Neymar took aim at the Barcelona board, claiming "there are directors that shouldn't be there".
"I had four very happy years there, but Barca deserve much better. I have a lot of friends there," he added.
"I hope things get better for Barca and that they go back to being a team that can compete."
26 de febrero 2018
|Thomas removes ´inappropriate´ heckler at Honda Classic|
|Areola admits concerns over Neymar ahead of PSG-Madrid clash|
|Gattuso: Milan have to put helmets on and go into battle against Arsenal|
|Klopp tells in-form Liverpool to ´stay angry´|
|Harvick dominates rain-delayed race in Atlanta|
|Thomas outlasts List in play-off to win Honda Classic|
|Neymar injury? I played the ball, claims Sarr|
|Higginbotham banned for three weeks, Reds team-mate Tui faces hearing|
|Change in approach was key to impressive Milan win - Gattuso|
25 de febrero 2018
|If Griezmann grows, we all grow - Simeone hails Atletico´s Sevilla rout|
|Neymar to face Real Madrid despite ankle injury, expects Emery|
|Cavani worried about Neymar ankle injury|
|Tiger Woods ´very pleased´ with Honda Classic showing|
|Silva: Neymar a doubt for Coupe de France quarter-final|
|Hat-trick hero Griezmann dreaming big in Atleti´s title bid|
|Before a manager I´m a human being - Guardiola explains continued ribbon protest|
|Neymar carried off on stretcher in PSG injury blow|
|Red-hot Schwartzman races to Rio Open glory|
|Paris Saint-Germain 3 Marseille 0: Neymar injured in easy Classique win|
|Roma 0 AC Milan 2: Cutrone and Calabria secure superb win for Rossoneri|
|Sevilla 2 Atletico Madrid 5: Griezmann hat-trick sinks sorry hosts|
|Tiafoe takes out first title in Delray Beach|
|Wenger trolled by Wembley official in Man City humbling|
|Wenger goes easy on Mustafi, despite Wembley woe|
|It´d be a dream - Henry wants Arsenal manager´s job|
|Man City just getting started, warns De Bruyne|
|Mind the goose! Tiger Woods collects birdies in more ways than one|
|Wenger rues early Aubameyang miss after Wembley humbling|
|Gary Neville blasts ´spineless´ Arsenal after EFL Cup final|
|Neymar shakes off virus to start for PSG in Le Classique vs Marseille|
|Guardiola sets sights on further silverware after ´outstanding´ EFL Cup triumph|
|EFL Cup social round-up: Men against boys and Wenger Out|
|Kompany: Winning EFL Cup makes injury nightmare worthwhile|
|I´ve signed for a football team, claims Usain Bolt|
|Van Gaal dismisses Chelsea rumours as ´fake news´|
|Toulon claim notable scalp with victory at La Rochelle|
|Reliability first - Renault to limit initial engine potential|
|Arsenal 0 Manchester City 3: Guardiola thrashes Wenger for first English trophy|
|Pochettino plans throw-in practice for Aurier|
|Conte hints at unhappiness with Hazard work-rate in Man Utd loss|
|Terrific Tigers tame Sarries to close in on top four|
|Mourinho v Conte: All smiles and handshakes on the touchline as feud cools|
|Mourinho hails Lukaku display against old club Chelsea|
|Depleted Rhinos slump to defeat at Widnes|
|Mourinho on Conte handshake: It doesn´t need words|
|Conte demands VAR after Morata sees Old Trafford equaliser ruled out|
|Pochettino defends ´easy target´ Alli after Van Aanholt clash|
|Juventus v Atalanta postponed due to snow|
|Criticism never affected me - Lukaku revels in comeback Man Utd win|
|Khachanov claims Marseille title to deny Pouille a home double|
|Guardiola wears yellow ribbon at Wembley despite FA charge|
|Cardiff extend winning run at Zebre|
|Manchester United 2 Chelsea 1: Lukaku and Lingard complete Old Trafford comeback|
|Chambers in as Wenger picks back three at Wembley|
|Pochettino satisfied with ´deserved´ Tottenham victory|
|Six Nations to investigate Scotland-England tunnel incident|
|It´s getting boring! - Dier lauds Kane following last-gasp winner|
|Lukaku finally makes big-game breakthrough for Manchester United|
|€70m not enough to prise Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio|
|Tah pens Leverkusen extension until 2023|
|Cardiff City 1 Bristol City 0: Zohore the hero again as Bluebirds win derby|
|Crystal Palace 0 Tottenham 1: Late Kane header snatches victory|
|Morgan praises Stokes´ comeback performance|
|Skriniar sees himself at Inter ´for many years´|
|Pogba, Martial start for Manchester United as Chelsea bring back Morata|
|Aluko under consideration as Neville offers Sampson critics ´clean slate´|
|Inter did not invent Icardi injury, Spalletti insists|
|Gilberto Silva: Wilshere´s mental strength key to success|
|Lewandowski: Agent change nothing to do with ´funny´ Real Madrid talk|
|Barcelona´s Semedo facing five weeks out with hamstring injury|