Santos agree to transfer Neymar

Brazil's Neymar is on the verge of choosing one of two offers from un-named clubs, reported to be Spanish suitors Barcelona and Real Madrid, after Santos agreed on Friday to transfer him.

Santos said they had ended a three-year fight to keep the 21-year-old, Brazil's big hope for next year's World Cup finals, and agreed to a transfer, giving him the right to choose which offer to accept, though a decision was not imminent.

"In the face of the offers and the player's contract, the management committee of the club decided to sell the player," Santos said in a statement on their website (www.santosfc.com.br).

"At a meeting with the representatives of Santos FC's management committee, the forward Neymar Jr was informed about the proposals received by the club and will analyse them in the coming days before making a definitive decision," Santos added in a later statement.
"I'm happy by the interest from both clubs, it makes me proud, but now I'm going home because my mother's waiting," Neymar was quoted by Gazeta Esportiva (www.gazetaesportiva.net) as saying as he left Vila Belmiro with his father.

Gazeta said Neymar would turn out for Santos in their opening match of the Brazilian championship against Flamengo in Brasilia on Sunday.

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