Transfer news

Santos accept Neymar bids

May 24, 2013
By ESPN staff

Neymar has taken a step toward a move to Europe with his Brazilian club Santos confirming it has accepted two transfer bids for the forward.

Santos have not yet named which clubs have had their bids accepted, but reports claim Barcelona and Real Madrid are the frontrunners for the starlet's signature. Bayern Munich have also been heavily linked with the 21-year-old in recent months.

El Mundo Deportivo believes a deal is already in place for the player to join Barcelona.

A statement on the Santos website read: "Santos FC announces that it has received two proposals for the athlete Neymar da Silva Santos Junior.

"Given the offers and conditions of the player's contract, the management committee of the club decided to transfer the player. Neymar Jr and his father are expected in Belmiro to choose which proposal the athlete will accept."

Neymar's contract expires at the end of next season and, despite stating he intends to remain in his homeland until after the 2014 World Cup, the Brazil international will now weigh up options for his immediate future. Indeed, the club has confirmed Neymar and his representatives are still considering the offers put forward.

"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 analyse them in the coming days before making a final decision," a club statement read.

After playing more than 30 games for his country already, Neymar has spent his whole career at Santos, who have repeatedly turned down offers for the player from a host of European clubs.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.