Alves doesn't know if Neymar will join Barcelona

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Barcelona defender Dani Alves says he will continue to advise Neymar about his future, but it is up to the young Brazilian, a reported target for Chelsea and Manchester United, if he decides to move to the Camp Nou.

Neymar's next destination is one of the most keenly debated topics in world football, with Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United all having been credited with approaches for the Santos star.

A transfer to Europe beckons for the 21-year-old, whether it is this summer or after the 2014 World Cup, and Alves will provide the youngster with all the advice he needs before a high-profile move.

But, as much as Alves would love to see his compatriot join forces with Lionel Messi at Barcelona, the right-back admits there is little he can do to influence Neymar's final decision. 

"He [Neymar] is Brazil's best player and there is no doubt about it that he will further improve in Europe," Alves said, as reported by

"I can only give him advice, but it is up to him to make the decision whether he wants to join Barcelona or not."

Reports in Spain last weekend claimed Neymar would sign for Barcelona in the summer transfer window of 2013, while conflicting suggestions from the Daily Star this week suggest Chelsea are still in the running.

Chelsea trio David Luiz, Oscar and Ramires could play a key role in convincing Neymar to move to Stamford Bridge, all of who have been able to flourish since signing for the Blues.

Manchester United, meanwhile, were reported to have made a bid for Neymar on deadline day last summer as Sir Alex Ferguson strived to make further reinforcements following the acquisition of Robin van Persie from Arsenal.

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