Paris St-Germain’s push to complete the signing of Neymar, on Thursday hit an obstacle, as La Liga refused their attempt to hand over the money to buy out the forward’s contract at Barcelona.
Lawyers working on PSG’s behalf, went to the league’s headquarters to present a €222m (£198m) cheque and clear the way for Neymar to join the French club.
However, La Liga has declined to accept the payment, against promise by its president Javier Tebasa.
Tebas has argued that the deal would infringe Financial Fair Play (FFP) and wants to protect Spain’s leading clubs.
The transfer is worth around £450m in wages and fees.
La Liga is understood to have pointed out that under its regulations, only Spanish clubs have the guaranteed right to buy out a contract.
However, the league body would not be able to reject the money, if Neymar himself turned up to pay it.