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Report: Neymar must testify in court over Barcelona transfer

Legal sources have indicated that the Brazilian star will have to present himself as a witness in court.

The legal case involving the transfer of Brazilian star Neymar rumbles on. Barcelona and current president Josep Maria Bartomeu stand accused of alleged tax fraud, while former president Sandro Rosell is additionally accused of having misappropriated club funds.

According to Spanish radio network Cadena SER, who have consulted various legal sources involved in the case, 23-year-old Neymar, who stands at the very centre of the whole reason for the court proceedings, will be called to the stand in order to offer his explanations regarding the polemic transfer from Santos to Barcelona in the summer of 2013.

The reason it is believed that Neymar will have to make a court appearance is the prosecution pointing towards the fact he signed nine of the 13 contract documents which have been submitted as evidence in the trial, as they attempt to bring to light their accusations of alleged fraudulent dealings by the Catalan club and its directors.

The state prosecutor and the tax office have alleged that many of the documents signed by Neymar were fictitious in nature, aimed at hiding the true cost of his move to Barcelona from club members.

Cadena SER have also suggested that Neymar will be among eight other witnesses called to testify over the coming weeks, while a resolution and final judgement is then expected to be announced this coming autumn.

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