According to the Brazilian newspaper ‘O Globo’, Neymar last week signed a document that commits him to joining La Liga club Barcelona after the Confederations Cup, which takes place in June.
The Santos player had been hoping to move to Europe after the World Cup next summer, but after gettig hammered by Bayern Munich in the Champions League this season, Barcelona move the deadline up by 12 months.
If Neymar does leave after the Confederations Cup, then the match on Sunday against Flamengo will be the 21-year-old’s last game for the club.
The newspaper reports that Santos are negotiating the possibility of him bidding farewell to the fans of his boyhood club in a final appearance after the Confederations Cup.
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari gave his blessing to the move saying:
“Neymar will be a great signing for Barcelona. He’ll be a huge idol alongside [Lionel] Messi,” declared the coach, who led Brazil to the World Cup in 2002.
According to ‘O Globo’, the transfer could be confirmed on Wednesday after a meeting of the Steering Committee at Santos, where directors of the Brazilian club will analyse the latest offer made by Barcelona.