Barcelona superstar Neymar has been ordered to appear in court in Spain over fraud allegations.
The Brazil international will testify at a court case looking at his controversial transfer from Santos to Barcelona in 2013.
Current president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor, Sandro Rosell, have also been called up by the judge, according to Catalan newspaper Sport.
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Brazilian investment fund DIS, according to The Sun, claims it should have received a higher percentage of the payment that Barcelona paid Santos two-and-a-half years ago.
DIS claims it only received 12.8 million from Neymar’s deal which, according to investigations, cost £62 million. The investment fund reportedly held 40 per cent of the player’s sports rights when he was playing in his native Brazil.
Neymar could miss Copa del Rey semi-final first leg
Neymar has been requested to give his statement at the National Court on February 2 - and this could clash with the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.
Barcelona are expected to reach the last four after thrashing neighbours Espanyol 4-1 in the quarter-final first leg earlier this month - the second leg takes place on Wednesday night - and the first leg of the semi-finals will be held on February 3.
Messi was also ordered to stand trial in October
Neymar becomes the second Barcelona player ordered to stand trial for fraud in Spain in the space of three months.
Back in October - per BBC News - a court in Spain ruled that Lionel Messi and his father should stand trial on tax fraud charges.
News could alert Man United
Neymar’s father revealed earlier this season that he and his son are fed up with the Spanish authorities and could quit Barcelona unless the situation improves.
Today’s news will no doubt alert the attention of Manchester United, who attempted to sign the Brazilian last summer.
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