Is $262 million transfer completely void ?

Neymar had last year extended his contract until 2021 so is it really possible to break the contract.

If 'Yes' then why is there a contract in the first place?

If 'No' then were there any legal complications ?

Edit : I know the release clause amount was insanely undeniable, but there must be someone who had to respect the contract[either Barca or Neymar]

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    I'm downvoting here because this question is largely pointless, given that you know the release clause exists, and have completely ignored or not bothered to determine what a release clause will do for someone in a contract (very obviously: it involves being released).
    – Nij
    Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 4:45
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    @Nij yes thats your opinion and choice, anyways i got what i was looking for from philip that cleared it all for me... Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 4:49

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This is all completely valid. As part of Neymar's contact, both Neymar and Barcelona agreed to the value of the release clause - note that under Spanish law, all employees have a release clause in their contracts, and this applies just as much to footballers as to anyone else (for more details, see this ESPN article). PSG made an offer for Neymar which met the value in the release clause, so after Neymar paid Barcelona the appropriate fee, he was then free to move to PSG - and that's what he did.

Nobody has "broken" the contract here, as Spanish law mandates that any employee can release themselves from a contract - the only question is over the fee to be paid, and in Neymar's case, that was specified in the contract. There are no legal complications, because the lawyers who wrote the contract already thought about it.

(This ignores any possible question as to whether PSG will be in breach of UEFA's financial fair play rules due to their expenditure; that's a different question from the validity of Neymar's contract as it's between PSG and UEFA, not PSG, Neymar and Barcelona).

  • +1. You can think of it this way: the transfer fee includes compensation for the remaining time he would have played for Barcelona. Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 14:28
  • oh great! i dint know the fact that release clause is bound together with the contract, the thing that prompted me to ask this query was because barca refused to pay the loyalty bonus to neymar... which i found amusing even after a clean transfer... Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 15:20
  • @IteratioN7T The clue is in the name. The release clause is a clause of the contract. And, presumably, they didn't pay the loyalty bonus because he was disloyal by leaving the club. Loyalty and legality are two different concepts. Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 17:15
  • @DavidRicherby With further reading, it actually turns out to be slightly more subtle than my first answer - release clauses are mandated by Spanish law; the two parties can either agree to a fee in the contract, or have it set by a tribunal.
    – Philip Kendall
    Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 19:00
  • @DavidRicherby true that... found an explanation to it here that defines Loyalty bonus as: A player will get this for seeing out his contract at a club and it will be paid on the last game of the season in the final year of a contract. - So i guess Barcelona has the right to refuse. Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 4:51

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