It has been suggested that Barcelona have kept £32 million aside in an attempt to sign Santos striker Neymar.
Spanish football specialist Guillem Balague claims that this figure includes a £10m advanced payment that Barcelona have already made to the Brazilian club to secure the striker’s services.
Both clubs have repeatedly denied rumours that the Brazilian is on his way to the La Liga leaders, but these new reports suggest that a deal may now have been agreed for the star.
Barcelona’s bitter rivals Real Madrid have also been linked with the Santos player, but Balague says that, under the terms of the deal, Santos must pay Tito Vilanova’s men £16million if Neymar opts to move to another club.
It seems that, if the skillfull frontman is to move to Camp Nou, the most likely scenario will see the 20-year-old join Messi and co after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Neymar has undoubted talent. He has already hit home 16 goals in 25 appearances for his country, and he also represented them at the London 2012 Olympic Games, showing off his flare and ability with the world watching.
The thought of Neymar’s name joining the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi on the Barcelona team sheet is frankly scary. As if it isn’t hard enough for the rest of La Liga to keep the Catalans at bay.
Premier League leaders Chelsea and last year’s champions Manchester City have been linked with the forward, but it now seems that the La Liga giants have taken a huge step to securing the Santos striker’s signature.