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Neymar set for Barca move - reports
Published : 25 May 2013 22:47:03Rss feed
Brazil striker Neymar has reportedly chosen to join Barcelona this summer.
Santos have accepted two offers for their star player, with Barcelona confirmed as one of the bidders and Real Madrid widely suggested to be the other side in pursuit. After an initial meeting between club officials, Neymar and the player's father, no immediate decision on his future was reached, but Spanish media have since reported the frontman will be moving to the Nou Camp.
A statement from Santos on Friday night read: "In a meeting with representatives of the management committee of Santos FC, striker Neymar Jr was made aware of the offers received by the club and he will analyse them in the coming days before making a final decision."
The 21-year-old's contract expires at the end of next season and some reports had suggested an agreement with Barcelona was as good as signed.
Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues apparently shares that view, quoted on the website of Spanish sports newspaper Diario AS as saying: "When I went to Barcelona to hear the offer, I learned that Neymar had a verbal agreement that when he finished his contract in 2014 he was going to Barcelona.
"He has a gentleman's agreement. He doesn't have a contract, but a verbal agreement."
The move to Barcelona was reported as a done deal by Marca.com, the website of the sports newspaper that most closely focuses on affairs at Real Madrid.
Barcelona assistant boss Jordi Roura refused to be be drawn on the progress of Barcelona's chase today, but acknowledged the talent of their target.
"Let things run their course," he said. "He's a spectacular player and any club would want him."
It was reported by Marca.com that Neymar's signing could be announced after Barcelona's Primera Division match at Espanyol on Sunday night, or during Monday.
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