Did Chelsea and Manchester City's chances of signing Neymar just get worse?

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Could Barcelona's Champions League embarrassment see them tighten their desire to sign Neymar, and beat both Chelsea and Manchester City to his signature?

Barcelona's 7-0 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final was as remarkable as it was improbable.

Major decisions lie ahead at the club, who look set to reclaim their La Liga crown imminently, as to how they address their shortcomings.

Being Barcelona they don't have many, but the scale of the defeat will make it look otherwise. 

The big criticism of them is their over-reliance on Lionel Messi, and to tackle that there is no easy option, but the Spaniards will have to think big.

A transfer deal which has undoubtedly been discussed behind the scenes, and may now be accelerated, is the signature of Neymar.

The Brazilian has been touted as the game's next 'great', although several are far from convinced, including his biggest detractor-  none other than Joey Barton.

Neymar is expected to make his move after the World Cup in his homeland in 2014, but that timescale and his resolve to remain will now be tested.

Barcelona, if they want him, may just go all out to get him, which could be bad news for Manchester City and Chelsea, also said to be tracking the striker.

The two English clubs are both said to have tested the waters with enquiries about the player, but have been knocked back.

Barcelona on the other hand, now have a real need to bring a new edge to their game, and are expected to move on under-performers like Alexis Sanchez this summer.

Neymar would provide them with just that, and would probably perform better in La Liga than he would the Premier League, and likely knows it.

As an unknown quantity with the world watching on with anticipation, Neymar certainly would add an x-factor to Barcelona's game which neither Sanchez nor Villa longer provide.

In the wake of last night's mauling, City's and Chelsea's chances of signing the Brazilian probably did get worse, but we shall see how it all transpires over the coming days, and the summer.

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