Chelsea suffer €45m striker snub - coach

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Santos coach Muricy Ramalho believes Brazilian wonderkid and long-term Chelsea target Neymar would be best suited to a move to Barcelona.

The comments come amid increased media speculation linking the 19-year-old striker with both the Catalan club and their La Liga rivals Real Madrid.

"Considering how the two clubs play now, Barcelona's style is more favourable for Neymar because it is more technical, while Madrid's is more tactical," Ramalho told Ona-FM.

"Right now, he is Brazil's best player and he will play the Club World Cup with us."


The talented youngster has been heavily linked with a move to Europe, but recently revealed he would not be prepared to leave his native Brazil until after the Club World Cup in December.

Chelsea have been credited with an interest in Neymar, who is widely regarded as one of the brightest prospects in world football. And with Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas' emphasis on youth development at Stamford Bridge, it is no wonder speculation has continued to gather pace.

Neymar remains on Chelsea's list of proposed targets, despite completing the signings of Romelu Lukaku, Juan Mata, Raul Meireles and Oriol Romeu earlier this summer.

But the west Londoners look increasingly likely to miss out on the precocious Samba star, as Neymar is expected to decide between Barcelona and Real when the transfer window reopens in January.

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