Barça released a statement to explain Bartomeu's involvement in Neymar's signing
Barça released a statement this Friday to clarify President Bartomeu's involvement in Neymar's signing. As reported before by Catalunya Radio, Barça's president declared in court that Sandro Rosell was the leader in the negotiations with Neymar in his signing: "Josep Maria Bartomeu explained to the judge that the signing of Neymar, Sandro Rosell, in light of his greater knowledge of the football market, led negotiations with the player’s father. President Bartomeu, at that time sporting vice president, stated that he did not involve himself in the negotiations with the player’s father. In addition, he pointed out that once the negotiations were over, he received the contracts and he endorsed them, without noticing any possible area of financial risk."
So Bartomeu, who was sports vicepresident in that moment, said he had no involvement in Neymar's signing. The statement also explains that Bartomeu asked for a study about the contracts of the signing: "Regarding the accusation of unlawful administration, the now president Bartomeu requested a study of all the signing’s contracts with instructions to be extremely careful and to take no risks at all. The study recommended standardising tax matters which took place in February 2014".