Back in November, Tottenham Hotspur were linked with a move for Santos forward Neilton.
Not surprisingly considering his country of birth, current club and position, the 19-year-old was quickly dubbed ‘the new Neymar’.
At the time, the Mirror claimed that representatives from White Hart Lane had travelled to Brazil not just to watch the player in action, but also to broker a deal for a teenager who is out of contract in just six months.
With Santos reportedly seeking a 10% sell-on clause, no deal has yet been struck, with either Spurs or another apparently interested party in the form of Sevilla. But it now appears both clubs could be out of luck.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola reports that FC Porto have also offered the player a “spectacular proposal” but that he is likely to remain in Brazil regardless.
The story quotes the player as saying, “So far this is the best option (staying in Brazil) because going to Europe immediately burns bridges, so I’ll leave those offers as a last option.”
With Spurs not one of the clubs cited as making a considerable offer, it may be that the North London club have already opted out of any potential deal.
But even if they were considering one, the player appears to have made up their mind for them.
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