The Catalans are in Sao Paolo to secure a deal for the young striker.
Barcelona have offered £23million for young Brazil striker Neymar in a bid to bring the 21-year-old to the Nou Camp, reports Brazilian website estadao.com.
The Catalans’ director of football Raul Sanllehi has travelled to Sao Paolo to finalise a deal with Neymar’s current club Santos FC, as it appears repeated efforts to bring the forward to Europe may finally come to fruition.
Once the two clubs have come to an agreement the official announcement of the deal is set to be revealed next week, with the Brazil international fast becoming one of the most sought after players in world football.
Sanllehi was the same man who almost brought Neymar to Barca’s great rivals Real Madrid two years ago, but despite a £46.5million deal being agreed for the player the contract negotiations were not finalised before the transfer window closed.
However, this time around the Catalan cub are ensuring they don’t make the same mistake as Madrid and are looking to wrap up the deal right at the start of the summer.
Also, with the striker being able to sign a pre-contract with another club in January – due to the terms of his current deal with the Saints – Barca can snap him up for a fraction of the price Los Blancos were prepared to pay.
It seems that Santos are finally resigned to the fact they are going to lose their star man and with Tito Vilanova’s side being humbled in this year’s Champions League Neymar would be a welcome improvement to the squad.
Since the young forward started his first full season in 2010/11 he has scored an impressive 117 goals for club and country.