Brazil and Paris Saint-German star Neymar might face up to six years in prison following irregularities in his move to Barcelona in 2013.
This is according to a Spanish magistrate leading an investigation into some alleged irregularities in the transfer.
“The term imposed, in principle, could be between four and six years,” said a decree issued by judge Jose Maria Vazquez Honrubia and seen by AFP on Wednesday.
The player’s parents, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell are all awaiting trial over the alleged corruption in Neymar’s switch to the Spanish side in a deal worth 57.1m euros.
Even though details of the deal were not revealed by FC Santos, Neymar’s Brazilian team or Barcelona, the player’s parents reportedly got 40m euros.
On the other hand, FC Santos collected 17.1m from the transfer of the Olympic gold medalist.
And in January 2014, prosecutors in Madrid started probing the transfer since documents needed by the authorities had contrasting details.
Rosell had quit his position seven days later with Barcelona revealing that it paid 86.2m euros for the Brazilian man.