'New Pele' to snub Chelsea and City

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Chelsea and Manchester City target Neymar has revealed he wants to snub a move to England and join a Serie A club this summer.

The Santos star is expect to make the move to Europe this summer, with a host of clubs waiting to snap up the new Brazilian sensation dubbed the 'new Pele'.

But the English duo's hopes of signing Neymar appear to have hit a snag.

"My goal is Italy, but actually playing in Europe anyway," Neymar told Gazzetta dell Sport.

"Like everyone, I would like to play in Serie A, even though I am happy at Santos."


Chelsea had been on the brink of signing Neymar last summer, but have since captured Brazilian duo Ramires and David Luiz, with both scoring in The Blues' league win over City eight days ago.

The success of Ramires and Luiz may give Neymar reason to believe that he can become the third success story at Stamford Bridge, but the impression that the likes of Ronaldinho, Kaka, Robinho and Alexandre Pato have all made in Serie A may be the clearest indication that the 19-year-old's future would be best suited in the Italy.

Carlo Ancelotti's side are in dire need of some youthfulness in their forward line with 32-year-old Nicolas Anelka and 33-year-old Didier Drogba currently leading their attack along with the misfiring Fernando Torres.

Owner Roman Abramovich proved in the January transfer window that he is still prepared to splash the cash, as he paid £50 million for Fernando Torres, and with Neymar expected to cost a potential suitor £25 million, the Chelsea owner will need to do more of the same this summer.

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