Chelsea transfers: Neymar wants Barça move, says Santos chief

Chelsea transfers: Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues says Neymar has informed the club that he wants to join Barcelona

Harry Kemble
By Harry Kemble

Brazilian star Neymar is believed to have decided on a move to Barcelona – according to Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues – thus ending years of speculation.

The 21-year-old has courted the cream of European football for the last three years as he moved the through the club ranks at Santos.

But, until now, the striker has remained tight-lipped on who his next employers will be.

“Neymar has told us he wants to sign for Barcelona,” club official Rodrigues told Ser Esports.

“There are other proposals but he has preferences for Barca. There is no official Madrid proposal for Neymar but we know that this offer will come.

“We held conversations in Spain with the Barca board of directors and there are on-going talks but nothing has been decided.

Rodrigues even admitted that an offer had been made for the temperamental star, but the sum didn’t match Santos’ valuation.

“The negotiations need to continue because the first bid we were offered was not enough,” he added.

“We know that Madrid had a bid and will be presenting it soon, but I haven’t talked to (club president) Florentino Perez.

“We know that the athlete’s opinion is important. What we have to do is to find a way to unify the best offer with the player’s interest.”

Luiz Felipe Scolari, the Brazil manager, believes the prodigy has the mindset to match his obvious footballing talent.

“He is an example to follow as a sportsman,” Scolari said to Canal+.

“I have spoken to Sandro Rosell (Barcelona FC President) about how he behaves on the training pitch and about his personality and he really is an example to follow.

“Barcelona are clearly leading the race for his signature. He would be a great signing for Barcelona.

“He would be an idol for the fans next season alongside Lionel Messi.”

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