Brazil superstar arrives in Catalonia on a five-year deal.
Spanish giants FC Barcelona have announced the arrival of coveted Santos playmaker Neymar, reports the Sunday Mirror.
The Brazil international is currently one of the most sought-after players in world football, with many experts even ranking the 21-year-old’s prodigious talents alongside those of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
And now the eye-catching attacker will be able to showcase his skills to the whole of Europe while wearing the famous Barca shirt as of next season, with the player’s arrival at Camp Nou on a five-year contract expected to be confirmed on Monday.
Neymar had previously been due to stay in his homeland for one more season what with the World Cup finals being staged in Brazil next summer.
However, with the player’s contract with Santos set to expire next June, his employers have instead decided to cash in on him now.
“FC Barcelona and Santos have agreed to terms for Neymar da Silva Santos Junior. The Brazilian forward will don the Blaugrana strip for the next five seasons. The 21-year old is one of the most promising footballers on the planet,” read a statement from Barcelona.
“On Monday I will sign a contract with Barcelona.
“I want to thank the fans of Santos for these incredible nine years. My feeling for the club and the fans will never change. It is eternal!
“Only a club like Santos FC could give me everything I have experienced on and off the field. I thank the wonderful fans who supported me even in the most difficult moments.
“Titles, goals, dribbling, celebrations and songs that fans created for me will be forever in my heart …”
Neymar has scored 136 goals for Santos in just 224 matches since 2009.