Santos have opened talks with Neymar to extend the sought-after Brazilian's contract, according to reports.

Neymar, 21, has been linked with a number of top European clubs, with Barcelona heading the queue for the striker's signature.

With his contact set to expire in 2014, Santos are hoping to tie down the gifted forward and secure his long-term future.

This latest development comes less than 48 hours after Barca vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed the Catalan's interest in the player.

"He's a player wanted by the technical team," said Bartomeu. "When he says he wants to leave Santos, the club will be there to try and sign him."

Neymar's recent performance against England on the international stage was well below-par, leading some to doubt whether the Santos frontman could make an impact in the Premier League.

Barcelona have been watching the player very closely and there have been rumours circulating that there is already a deal in place to bring the explosive attacker to the Nou Camp when he eventually decides to move elsewhere.

Neymar possesses the speed and playmaking ability that would add a new dimension to Barca's plethora of striking options, although it would seem that despite their obvious interest, any deal is far from being done, giving a glimmer of hope to any other interested parties.

 

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