According to the Brazilian press Barcelona have now joined Real Madrid in the quest to sign Neymar from Santos. And itâ€™s about time for them to declare an interest too if you ask me. Apparently both teams are prepared to pay Neymarâ€™s buyout clause of around â‚¬ 45 million. The playersâ€™s agent Wagner Ribeiro is in advanced discussions with Real Madrid but it seems that Barcelona, not wanting to lose a march on their rivals, have sent club president Sandro Rossell to Argentina to meeting with Neymarâ€™s representatives.
Despite the neverending transfer speculation, the player is said to be keen to stay in Brazil until at least the end of the year and play for Santos in the World Club Cup. Where, they could of course play Barcelona. Some people are even suggesting that he should stay in Brazil until 2014. That way he could win the World Cup and become the best player in the world while playing in Brazil. This would be the first time this has happened since PelÃ©, I think (correct me if I’m wrong anybody).
Why not though â€“ Iâ€™m pretty sure heâ€™d earn as much here as he would there thanks to all the Brazilian sponsors willing to stamp their brand on his shirt or his face on their product.
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