Reports emerged late on Saturday evening that Neymar had come to a "gentleman's agreement" with the Catalan giants, after his current club Santos confirmed that two bids were accepted for their prized asset, with the other coming from Real Madrid. He is expected to sign a five year contract at the Nou Camp on Monday. The official club statement read:
"In a meeting with representatives of the management committee of Santos FC, striker Neymar Jr was made aware of the offers received by the club and he will analyze them in the coming days before making a final decision."
With the Brazilian club's president adding:
"When I went to Barcelona to hear the offer, I learned that Neymar had a verbal agreement that when he finished his contract in 2014 he was going to Barcelona." "He has a gentleman's agreement. He doesn't have a contract, but a verbal agreement."
The 21 year old striker was evidently overjoyed at the news of interest in him by two of the world's biggest clubs, he is quoted as saying:
"This is an honor, the happiest moment of my life. I will now think carefully about these two proposals. I will decide with my family. I'm in no hurry. The decision may come out in five minutes, half an hour or three days."
It has long been seen as a natural progression for Neymar to move to La Liga, with Barcelona appearing to have won the race for his signature. The transfer, now apparently imminent, leaves football fans with the mouth-watering prospect of a Barcelona teamsheet containing the names Messi and Neymar, two of the best and most glamorous footballers in world football.