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Published: Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 3:07:01 AM
Updated: Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 3:07:10 AM

Barcelona's signing of Neymar being investigated by court

Barcelona's soccer player Neymar (L) and Marc Bartra celebrate a goal against Villarreal during their Spanish First division League soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona December 14, 2013. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Barcelona's soccer player Neymar (L) and Marc Bartra celebrate a goal against Villarreal during their Spanish First division League soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona December 14, 2013. REUTERS/Albert Gea

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona have been ordered by a local court to provide details about the signing of Neymar before a decision is made on whether to open proceedings against club president Sandro Rosell for the misappropriation of funds.

The case has been brought to court by club member Jordi Cases.

The Brazil forward signed for the Spanish champions in the close season for 57.1 million euros ($78.40 million) of which 17.1 million euros went to his former club Santos, it was said in court.

Cases is looking for clarification over what happened to the remaining 40 million euros, which Barcelona say was paid to a company, named in media reports as Neymar & Neymar.

"It is not known what has really taken place with the 40 million euros supposedly paid to the player or his representatives," Cases said in a statement read out at the hearing on Wednesday.

The judge Pablo Ruz has given Barcelona five days to provide Neymar's contracts.

He has also asked for the club's financial records from the previous three years to cover the period during which negotiations for the 21-year-old's signing took place.

"It is a charge without basis. I am relaxed," Rosell told reporters on Monday.

Barcelona spokesman Toni Freixa said the club had nothing to hide.

"We have acted with complete transparency and we have nothing to be concerned about," he told a news conference on Monday.

"We have explained the details of the transfer... 40 million euros went to a company. If any judicial body asks for the information then there will be no problem."

($1 = 0.7283 euros)

(Editing by Toby Davis)

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