The Brazilian sensation looks to finally be on his way to Europe this summer with Barcelona and Real Madrid the reported parties.
The long running transfer saga involving Brazilian wonderkid Neymar has finally appeared to reach the end of the road as Santos revealed on their official website that they had accepted two offers for the player:
'Santos FC announces that it has received two proposals for the athlete Neymar da Silva Santos Junior. Given the offers and conditions of the player's contract, the management committee of the club decided to transfer the player. Neymar Jr and his father are expected in Belmiro to choose which proposal the athlete will accept.'
Neymar himself has also confirmed the news after informing globoesporte that the news was ‘the happiest moment’ of his life and that would ‘think carefully’ about the two proposals.
Despite previously affirming his stance that he did not wish to leave his homeland until after the World Cup in 2014 that rhetoric has now changed in light of a chance to finally set about proving himself in Europe.
While the two clubs have not yet officially been named it is widely believed that the 21-year-old has a choice of Barcelona or Real Madrid; with Barca the favourites to snap him up.
The deal could be worth anything up to €90 million if earlier reports are to be believed as the transfer will not just see money changing hands between the two clubs but also various third parties and investors are also owed from any deal.
It means that any Premier League interest in the player now appears to be dead and the questions over his ability to perform consistently on a bigger stage will finally be answered after Santos succumbed to his admirers.
In the past he has been criticised for not performing when Selecao face big opposition and was criticised for recent outings against England and Italy; where he remained on the fringes of the action.
A decision on his future could be made by the end of the week so watch this space to see where Neymar ends up playing his football next season.
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