Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has admitted he's unsure whether his club will look to sign Neymar after speculation mounted that Barcelona have made a move for the Brazil international.

The Premier League champions have been linked with a bid for the Brazil forward, and Mancini was reported to have instructed recent City recruit Txiki Begiristain to bring Neymar to the Etihad Stadium.

The former-Barcelona director of football has been appointed as sporting director at City, and is expected to challenge his old club for the signing of the 20-year-old frontman.

But Mancini was coy on the Neymar to Manchester City link after watching his side draw 0-0 with West Ham at the weekend.

"I don't know if it is true that Barcelona have already made a down-payment for Neymar," Mancini said on

"I think when Txiki starts to work here next week we can start to talk about the future for us because this is very important.

"Neymar is a Santos player and I don't know what can happen with him in the future."

Neymar has insisted he plans to stay at Santos until the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but Barcelona were reported to have paid €10m to secure first-option on the striker, something Santos have since denied.

Manchester City have insisted the days of extravagant spending are largely over, as they instead focus on elite youth development, but a chance to bring Neymar to the club could be too good to turn down.

The 20-year-old has 25 caps for Brazil and 16 goals, and is widely regarded as one of the most talented youngsters in world football.

Barcelona, Real Madrid, City, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been credited with an interest in Neymar, as have big-spending Paris St Germain, and report a bid of at least £50m will be required to bring Santos to the negotiating table.

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