Neymar boost for Chelsea and City as Santos president rules out secret Barca deal
Chelsea and Manchester City have been given a boost in their ambitions to sign Brazilian wonderkid Neymar after Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro dismissed rumours an agreement has been reached with Barcelona.
Andre Villas-Boas wants the 45million-rated 19-year-old Brazil international to help reignite the Blues” faltering season.
But the west London club face stiff competition from Manchester City who are also keeping tabs on the situation.
No deal! The Santos president has dismissed reports of Neymar signing with Barca
It has been reported that a secret agreement had been reached between the Brazilians and Catalans that would see the striker join Barcelona in 2014.
But this was ruled out by Santos president Alvaro, who said: “The issue is so secret that even I don’t know about it! Such an agreement would be made if only if someone forged my signature.
“It”s something that makes no sense. Neymar became the flavour of the month and now (journalists) need to fill up space and waste ink.”
“The Catalans are very creative, and it is no wonder,” said the 69-year-old.
“From there came great artists such as Gaudi, Joan Miro, Salvador Dali. The problem is that in between imagination and reality lies an ocean.”
Neymar has scored eight goals in just 15appearances for Brazil and recently penned a new deal at his Brazilian club, which includes a buy-out clause that Chelsea could match.
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