Chelsea target’s agent – ‘€26m makes me laugh’

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Neymar’s agent has dismissed reports that the Brazilian starlet is headed to Chelsea for €26 million, laughing off the price that various newspapers are reporting.

"In August Santos refused a proposal of €35m, how is [it is] that [Chelsea owner] Roman Abramovich would now offer €26m [£23m]? It makes no sense and makes me laugh,” Wagner Ribeiro told Brazilian publication Brazil Marca.


Ribeiro insisted that Neymar is planning to return to Santos next season, rather than heading to Chelsea as multiple reports have said, and that the 19-year-old is not ready to leave Brazil yet.

"He does not [want to], and will not, leave Santos. He is happy and focused on the Libertadores.

"Of course he will arouse interest, that is just natural because of his performances on the field - but I guarantee you there is no proposal for him.

"You have to pay €45m [£39.75m] for him, yet Santos have to want to sell and now Santos do not want to."

Abramovich is reportedly desperate to bring the wonderkid to Chelsea, particularly after he starred for Brazil against Scotland in a recent friendly, but Neymar looks set to stay in Brazil for another season at least.

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