Mancini: Neymar will sign for Barcelona or Real Madrid

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini expects Neymar, a reported target for Chelsea and Manchester United, to secure a transfer to either Barcelona or Real Madrid when the young Brazilian eventually leaves Santos.

The Premier League champions were this week credited with interest in Neymar, while the 21-year-old has often been linked with a transfer to Chelsea, Manchester United and some of Europe's other most prominent clubs.

Barcelona, however, has always appeared to be the most likely destination for Neymar, and reports in Spain last week claimed the forward has already agreed to a summer transfer to the Camp Nou.

Mancini, meanwhile, senses Barcelona are leading the race for Neymar, and does not believe would be successful in a pursuit for the Brazil international because his attributes would not suit the Premier League.

Neymar then, says Mancini, is destined to arrive in Spain at either Barcelona or Real Madrid, rather than transfer to England and join either Manchester City, Chelsea or Manchester United.

"Neymar is a good player, he's young, but I don't know if he's ready to play in England because the football is totally different," Mancini told The Guardian.

"I think he will go to Barcelona or Madrid where the football is more technical"


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