Ex-Santos President: Neymar has joined Bayern Munich

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Brazilian sensation Neymar has agreed to snub both Barcelona and Real Madrid and join German giants Bayern Munich - according to Former Santos vice-president Vicente Cascione.

The young starlet has been at the centre of a transfer tussle for some time, with Barcelona believed to have an agreement in place with his club Santos. More recently reports suggested Real Madrid were putting together a €100 million package to blow their rivals out of the water.

However according to Cascoine, Bayern Munich are the team that have won the race for the young star's signature, with the lure of working with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena next season seemingly proving to much to resist.

He wrote on his personal website: "I can reveal this news first hand. It’s already closed. Neymar has signed for Bayern Munich. I’m not speculating, the information is undeniable. From August 2013, Neymar will be part of the fabric of Bayern Munich. 

"His future will not be Spain. Neither Barcelona, neither Real Madrid. He is going to Germany. Anyone who doubts this should wait and see."

It had previously been suggested Neymar would wait until after the 2014 World Cup before moving, however it now appears more likely he'll be on the move this summer, regardless of his destination.

Bayern are a coming force in European football and will contest the Champions League final for the second season running. Having already landed Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund to go along with the arrival of Guardiola, the Bavarian club are expected to dominate football on the continent for years to come.

Previously Chelsea and Manchester United have been credited with an interest in the 21-year-old, who is charged with the task of leading his country to World Cup glory on home soil next year.

Although Manchester United and Chelsea were reportedly lining up bids for Neymar in the past, perhaps the most serious Premier League interest in the talented youngster comes from Manchester City.

The Citizens are believed to have held meetings with Neymar's father and advisors in an attempt to lure him to the Etihad Stadium in recent months. 

Chelsea's interest however appears to have lessened while since Manchester United reportedly failed with a sensational bid to take him to Old Trafford last summer, they appeared to have moved on and are now pursuing other targets.


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