Reigning English champions Chelsea are lining up a bid to land Brazil’s hottest talent Neymar. The 18 year old has been the talk of the samba nation ever since he burst into the limelight with Brazil’s youth team in last year’s u-17 World Cup finals staged in Nigeria.
Now i won’t pretend and say that i have watched any of Neymar’s games because i haven’t , but just for the record, this is definitely not the first time i am hearing of Neymar. I have always been a fan of Brazilian football and the first time i came across this name was two years ago.
Then, Neymar was mentioned in an independent report as one of five local Brazilian stars to watch the others being Kierrison (who apparently could be joining Neymar at Santos after unsuccessful stints with Barcelona, Benfica and Fiorentina), Dentinho, Lulinha, Douglas Costa and Walter.
From the clips that i have seen, Neymar is worth all the attention he receives. His killer pace, entertaining play and keen eye for goal have seen him being regarded as the future of the Selecao. It therefore, came as no surprise that when Dunga excluded him from Brazil’s World Cup squad, there was a national outcry.
Currently playing in Brazil with Santos, Neymar is attracting offers from some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Chelsea. The 18 year old’s current deal runs out in 2014 however, there is a release clause that allows him to leave if interested clubs can raise the 28.4 million Pounds demanded by Santos.
“Chelsea want the boy, but wanted him to gain some experience in English football first with another club,” A source close to the transfer told Soccernet. “That doesn’t look likely, so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if they buy him outright, and a bid anywhere over £20 million is sure to persuade Santos to sell.”
Yeah i guess we are tired with all these supposed transfer rumours of big profile players that never amount to anything. However, even if Neymar does not make it to the EPL this summer, he is one player to keep an eye on.
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