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Barcelona have bagged a bargain in Neymar

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When Barcelona made the first big signing of the summer in capturing the much-talked-about Neymar for a reported fee of slightly less than £49 million, many were quick to say that the Catalan giants had overpaid for the Santos man.

Over two months later, the transfer market is as crazy as ever, with Real Madrid seemingly ready to purchase Gareth Bale from Tottenham for a world record figure that could be over £100 million.

This summer, six other players have already moved club for over £30 million and with Luiz Suárez, Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale all potentially still to move for big bucks before the end of the window, there could well be ten or even more players on the £30+ million list this summer.

That makes the £49 million fee paid by Barcelona look very reasonable given that they have snapped up one of the most exciting - if not the most exciting - young prospect on the planet.

The 21-year-old has plenty of potential and his player of the tournament performances at the Confederations Cup certainly suggested the Brazilian is also capable of performing on the big stage, one of the main criticisms of the young talent at the time of the deal.

At only 21, Neymar hasn't even reached his peak making the fee paid for his services even more impressive. 

Of the top 20 transfer fees ever paid, only one other player was as young as Neymar: James Rodríguez who moved to Monaco this year for £40 million.

And of the seven other players in the top ten still playing - Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kaká, Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao, Fernando Torres and Hulk - you could argue that Neymar would be preferred over most of those players.

Hulk, for example, moved club last year for just half a million less than Neymar and anyone who has watched much of the Zenit player would agree that Neymar is much more than just £500,000 better than his compatriot.

With the national team, Neymar has played 39 games, scoring 24 goals, while Hulk has just 27 appearances over a slightly longer international career and has netted just six times.

The Hulk example is just one of many where Neymar could be said to be a more successful player than his other big money movers. If comparing Neymar with Cavani, for example, you'd see that the Uruguayan has netted just 17 times in 54 international appearances.

While Hulk and Cavani at times play different, less attacking, roles from Neymar, the stats still speak volumes. Given that Neymar is not even a finished product, Barcelona may have found one of the bargains of the decade.

As La Liga rivals Real Madrid prepare to pay almost double Neymar's fee for Gareth Bale, Barça president Sandro Rossel must be pretty pleased with his club's signing. 

Yes, Bale may be arguably better than Neymar at this point in time but, like the Brazilian, he hasn't proved himself on the biggest stages yet with only ten Champions League appearances under his belt. 

The Welshman excelled on those European nights, but we still do not know if he can reproduce those performances or if he will ever again have as good a season as last year's.

Bale may be better and more proven than Neymar but would you pay almost double for him?


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