BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) – Brazilian wonderboy Neymar could be on his way to Barcelona, following reports that he prefers to play alongside World Player of the Year Lionel Messi.
It is believed that Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City are all amongst the teams in Europe hunting Neymar’s signature, but according to Santos vice-president Odilio Rodriques, the forward has already made up his mind to join Barcelona.
“Neymar has told us he wants to sign for Barcelona,” Rodriques was quoted as telling Ser Esports. “There are other proposals but he has preferences for Barca.
“There is no official Madrid proposal for Neymar but we know that this offer will come.
“We held conversations in Spain with the Barca board of directors and there are on-going talks but nothing has been decided.
“But the negotiations need to continue because the first bid we were offered was not enough. We know that Madrid had a bid and will be presenting it soon, but I haven’t talked to (club president) Florentino Perez.
“We know that the athlete’s opinion is important. What we have to do is to find a way to unify the best offer with the player’s interest.”
Barcelona supporters have been buzzing about the possibilities of seeing Neymar play at the Camp Nou next season, but also remained the Spanish La Liga champions that centerbacks should also be high on the agenda.