Chelsea are at the front of the queue to sign the ?39million-rated Santos forward, who saw his reputation enhanced with a match-winning performance in his country's friendly against Scotland earlier this year.
Neymar turned down the chance to join the Blues at Chelsea last summer and instead trebled his money by agreeing a new five-year deal at Santos.
Crying like a baby: Neymar will become a father later this year. He is 19
However, the news that the teenager is to become a father -with his girlfriend believed to be three months pregnant - has cast into doubt any potential move away from his country.
In a statement on his website, Neymar said: 'I can confirm the information that I will become father this year. The two families have talked and are ready to help us bring the baby into the world, giving him all necessary assistance and the best possible structure.
'By common agreement, it has been decided to preserve the mother's name. This measure aims to calm her during the coming months, avoiding her any unnecessary exposure and ensuring mainly the privacy of the child to be born a few months.
'I ask everyone to respect this decision. The desired peace is essential for successful pregnancy.
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'I conclude by asking God to bless the lives of our children! It will be very welcome and already have all our affection and love.'
The diminutive forward has averaged a goal every other game for Santos since making his debut as a 17-year-old and one a game in three appearances for Brazil since winning his first cap against the United States in August. It was during Brazil's stay in America that Sportsmail revealed Santos's plans to report Chelsea to FIFA over their pursuit of the wonder kid - a claim denied by the English club.
Ownership issues raised doubts about the ease of a transfer, with Santos having a 55 per cent share in the player and private investors a 45 per cent share.
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