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Agent: Neymar arrival will end Barcelona dependance on Lionel Messi

Neymar appears destined to join Barcelona. (©GettyImages)
Neymar appears destined to join Barcelona. (©GettyImages).

Brazilian sensation Neymar, a reported target for Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, is Barcelona's top target for the summer transfer window and, it is hoped, his arrival at the Camp Nou can end the 'over-dependance' on Lionel Messi.

Barcelona has always appeared to be most likely destination for Neymar, despite the apparent interest of Chelsea, Manchester City and others, and a club representative has confirmed the Santos forward has been identified as a key acquisition.

Andre Cury, a Brazilian agent working on a number of Barcelona's affairs in South America, claims Neymar is the main object of the club's desire as the summer transfer window, and the Catalan giants believe he could become an icon at the Camp Nou.

The 21-year-old is held in such high regard by Barcelona, claims Cury, that they the Primera Division leaders believe Neymar will be able to relieve the burden on Messi should they be able to beat the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City to his signature.

"Barcelona are extremely interested in Neymar. He's on top of our wish-list. Barcelona do not sign many players, but Neymar is our first choice. We will be ready to pounce whenever he decides to leave," Cury told Radio Globo.

"Messi, Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta are all awaiting him with open arms. Neymar coming to Barcelona will put an end to two types of over-dependence: dependence on Neymar at Santos and over-dependence on Messi at Barcelona as we would then have another player at his level.

"In two or three years' time Messi will be able to pass on the Barca baton to Neymar, just like Ronaldinho did with Messi."

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