Barcelona president faces tax fraud charges relating to the signing of the Brazil forward.
Suggests Real Madrid may have played a role on the investigation.

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has hinted that Real Madrid could be behind the ongoing investigation into the signing of Neymar.

Controversy has surrounded Barcelona’s signing of the Brazil international who joined in 2013. Barcelona initially claimed they had spent €57.1 million on him, only to later concede that their total spend had reached €86.2m.

Bartomeu and the club have been accused of fraud and the latest evidence convinced judge Pablo Ruiz to press charges against the current president as well as former chief Sandro Rosell.

Bartomeu has insisted Barcelona have done nothing worng and has even suggested there may have been some foul play at work.

“The big question here is what’s going on? Neymar had two offers, one from Madrid and one from Barca,” Bartomeu told 8TV.

“Neymar was playing well a year ago and all of a sudden there was a complaint we had misappropriated funds in the deal. Maybe somebody didn’t like it that he was doing well…

“Now he’s playing great again and there’s another judicial action… I will not say Real Madrid are behind all this, but Neymar had two offers…

“A year ago we provided the Camp Nou for the ‘Concert per la Llibertat’ (Concert for Freedom), we play in the Senyera [the Catalan flag]… maybe that hasn’t gone down well in the capital.

“I see a break, both sporting and political but we’re going to keep working to get to the bottom of the matter. My duty is to get to the bottom of the matter.

“Barcelona have not committed any crimes and we would do it all exactly the same again.”