The Brazilian player who is considered by many judges to have the potential to become the best player in the world is a target for Manchester City, the richest club in the game. Neymar (pictured) is just 21 and will be a key member of the Brazil side that hosts the World Cup in 2014.
Lionel Messi of Barcelona is now just about the best player in the game and Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid is also seen as one of the current greats but Neymar could surpass both players if he continues to develop his great talent. He currently plays for Santos in Brazil and is under contract with that club until after the World Cup.
City won the title in England for the first time in 44 years last season. They dramatically beat city rivals Manchester United on goal difference after scoring twice in injury time in the crucial match against Queens Park Rangers. However, manager Roberto Mancini was unable to strengthen the squad last summer and another championship in England is beyond them this season.
Neymar was disappointing playing for his country in a recent friendly match against England at Wembley. That has not deterred massive clubs like Barcelona from expressing an interest in recruiting Neymar and the Spanish giants are favourites to sign him. However, City are one of a small group of cubs that could afford a potential fee of £60 million for Neymar’s services plus the huge wage bill that would be associated with the player.
The preferred choice of Neymar’s father is said to be Barcelona but City now employ a number of executives and coaches who have been employed by the Catalans in the past. Their involvement could be crucial in determining whether Neymar moves to Manchester.
An important element of any move by Neymar would be his image rights which now seem to play a significant part in negotiations when a high profile player changes clubs. David Beckham is donating his full salary from his spell at Paris Saint Germain to a French children’s charity but he will still be generously rewarded through shirt sales and money raised through the rights to his appearance.
It would be a huge coup if City managed to secure Neymar’s services. The clubs owners who are based in Abu Dhabi would not flinch at the huge figures being mentioned with regards the player’s transfer fee and wages. However, Neymar is more likely to move to Barcelona after the next World Cup but City supporters can still dream of seeing him playing for their team.