Is it illegal that Real Madrid are trying to sign Brazilian striker Neymar?

Garry Jenkins:

Neymar’s current club Santos certainly think so. In July 2011, the club claimed that Spanish giants Real Madrid had made an illegal approach to the 19-year-old new superstar of Brazilian football and threatened to take the matter to FIFA.

Since Neymar’s emergence as a major new talent in 2010, the current Copa Libertadores champions had been adamant that they want to hold on to the striker until after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Neymar is under contract with them until 2015 and, accordingly, Santos had rejected official approaches from Real, as well as Barcelona and Chelsea, all of whom covet the player.

However, the club’s president, Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro claimed that there had been an unoffficial meeting between representatives from Real and Neymar’s agents in Paris. His evidence for this seemed to be the fact that Real had let it be known they are willing to pay the 45 million Euro ‘buy out clause’ in Neymar’s contract, a figure they could only have been made aware of via an illegal conversation with Neymar’s representatives.

Ribeiro threatened to report the Spanish giant to FIFA for the alleged approach.

“If Real Madrid or any other club decides to meet his buy-out clause, we have no other option but to report them to FIFA for approaching the player without our permission,” Ribeiro told the magazine Terra in July 2011.

“Real Madrid spoke with Neymar’s management in Paris and made an interesting offer. I’ve told him that we won’t let go of him though and he wants to stay with us, too. I can assure you that Neymar will play for Santos at the Club World Cup. I have already said it before and that’s the way it is.”

Ribeiro’s defiance, whilst admirable, will almost certainly prove futile. Few observers believe Santos will be able to resist the money being offered by the giants of the European game for much longer. The smart money is on Neymar leaving for Spain, probably during the January 2013 transfer window.

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Brazilian youngster Neymar has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid but could the striker move to the Premier League instead? 

Alice Ross:

Yeah.. but as of no brazil football player Neymar extended his contract at Santos and said that he will play for Brazil in the world cup 2014 but after that he might really transfer.. If he transfer to big clubs he will be become more famous..

Simon Harris:

According to the Barcelona press and Neymar’s own expressions of adoration for Messi and Puyol (whose shirts he received after the FIFA Club World Cup Final), Neymar appears close to FC Barcelona.

He has a contract with Santos until 2014 but given his close friendship with Dani Alves and that Pep Guardiola appears to have tacitly given his approval, I expect to see more speculation surrounding the young Brazilian when the transfer jamboree opens this summer.

Jack Beresford:

Neymar could yet move to the Premier League with Chelsea. At present, there are a number of rumours suggesting that Neymar has signed a pre-contract agreement with Real Madird.

However, speaking this Sunday after his club side Santos defeat Corinthians, Neymar suggested no deal is yet done for a move to Europe. Speaking to the press, Neymar said ‘There is no truth in those rumours. I am a Santos player and I will stay here for the club’s centenary.”

“I have been sold around 30 times already,” the Brazilian jokingly added.

The rumours had initially focused on the visit of Real Madrid’s head of medical services Carlos Diez to Sao Paolo. Many pundits and journalists have suggested that Diez was there to give Neymar a medical but the youngster has dismissed such rumours.

 ‘I went to the hospital to solve a personal problem. The rumours are just speculation. There is no deal at all,’

Neymar’s agent Wagner Ribeiro meanwhile has suggested that the player is opening to any big offer, with AC Milan revealed as one of the stars suitors.

 ‘AC Milan was interested, but they said they could not pay €45million,’ he noted.

With this in mind, Chelsea may well have a chance of landing the star provided they can stump up the huge €45million transfer fee.

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Was Neymar really out tricked by a freestyle footballer in a one on one competition?

Roy Skillen:

Yes he was and it is the funniest thing I have ever seen. The freestyle footballer is a guy called Arnaud Sean Garnier. Look out for the up ya jumper trick.

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Does Neymar have any children?

Michael Boylan:

Born Wednesday 24th August 2011 a son Davi Lucca 2.8kgs to Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior and Carolina Nogueira Dantas.

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How much money is Neymar earning a month at Santos?
How much is he being paid to keep him in Brazil despite the offers from Europe?

James Murphy:
Neymar is reckoned to be earning in the region of £550,000 (that’s around 650,000 Euros) a month under a new contract at Santos.

According to an insightful interview with Neymar and his manager at Santos, Muricy Ramalho, by Sam Green in the Independent newspaper, the deal is an extremely creative one, and is testament to the importance Santos and the Brazilian game as a whole, has placed on keeping their shining new star at home in the run up to the 2014 World Cup.
With Chelsea, Real Madrid and several other European clubs hovering, Santos could only realistically offer Neymar around £90,000 a week to stay at the club that Pele made famous back in the 1960s.
But a collection of seven Brazilian businesses, including, ironically, the Spanish bank Santander, who have a large presence in the country, agreed to top that figure up in order to keep Neymar on home soil.
Santander even took out a double page advert in a Brazilian newspaper to proclaim how proud it was to have helped preserve Neymar for the nation.
As part of the deal, Neymar’s ‘release clause’ has also been increased to an astronomical £59.2 million, or 70 million Euros.
It’s little wonder that Neymar told Green that he was happy to stay in Brazil until 2014.  “I have no regrets,” he said of turning down Chelsea and Real Madrid. “It is still a dream of mine to play in Europe, but I don’t know when. If I leave I want the moment to be right. But I will stay with Santos until 2014, it is definite,” he added.
If his stock keeps rising at the pace it has been, however, that determination may still be severely tested next Summer.
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