In November 2013 Tottenham Hotspur found themselves heavily linked with the signature of Santos forward Neilton - who had been dubbed the ‘new Neymar’ because of the pairs similarities in playing style and appearance.
Neilton, who also wears Neymar’s trademark number 11 jersey since the stars eye-watering £48.6 million move to Barcelona, was apparently watched by Spurs scouts who would likely have been impressed with what they saw.
Sevilla reportedly offered £600k for the player recently - but despite him playing just a handful of games for the club they are after a much bigger sum for the player.
However with the incoming arrivals of Eduardo Vargas, Bruno Uvini and Leandro Damiao - as well as an approach in the offing for former player Diego - the club must need to consider their financial position, as most of the Neymar funds have gone into securing the long-term future of the club.
With that in mind it was reported over the past month or so that Santos would be struggling to keep hold of the 19-year-old.
His current deal ends in May, meaning he is currently free to talk to any club on the continent, including Spurs, about a potential free transfer in the summer.
With European clubs able to offer him significantly vaster sums of money in terms of salary Santos will be struggling to keep hold of him.
However, if Tottenham were hoping of snapping up the ‘new Neymar’ for nothing, reports in Brazil today seem to doubt that.
They suggest a third party of investors could supply up to 20% of the salary offered for Neilton in exchange for some player rights - meaning Santos might be able to rival European contract offers, whilst also offering regular football in his home country.
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