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Transfer update - Barcelona beat Real Madrid to €50 million deal for 'spectacular' Neymar

It looks as though this will become the worst kept secret in football as all the Spanish publications believe to know where Neymar will be playing next season.

Earlier today we brought you the well-known news that Brazilian outfit Santos had finally accepted two offers for their star player Neymar from unnamed clubs.

If you need a refresh to do the details of their official statement then here it is:

'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.'

But since then there have been further developments.

Despite neither of the clubs involved in the bidding being officially named it was widely accepted that Barcelona and Real Madrid were the teams in question.

It was reported that Neymar would take his time to dwell over the decision; in fact he stated:

‘’I will decide with my family. I'm in no hurry. The decision may come out in five minutes, half hour or three days - said Neymar.’’

Well according to Spanish press the timescale of his decision process certainly appears to be nearer to five minutes then it does three days; as several leading sources including Marca reveal that Neymar has in fact agreed to sign for Barcelona pending medical and international clearance.

The Spanish publication reports that a deal of €50 million has been agreed with the Catalan club and he will sign a €7 million-a-year five-year-deal at the Nou Camp.

A decision on his permanent decision is expected to be made after the game with Espanyol tomorrow evening.

Barcelona have been under pressure to make a marquee signing this summer after they were humiliated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League and it appears they have got their man.

In the absence of manager Tito Villanova, who waved off press functions as he continues to recuperate from undergoing further cancer treatment in New York recently, assistant manager Jordi Roura addressed press speculation about the player.

While he stopped short of confirming the bid and agreement he was praising of the 21-year-old goal-machine:

"[Neymar] is a spectacular player that everyone would want to have. We'll wait until things take there course and are official. "

So there we have it; Lionel Messi and Neymar on the same team next season.

Can it work? Only time will tell.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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