Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona have been alerted to the availability of Neymar, after Santos boss Muricy Ramalho admitted the player should leave Brazil.
The 20-year-old superstar was controversially sent-off in a 1-1 draw against Gremio on Sunday night, and is now set to miss four league matches for the apparent stamp.
It led to Ramalho criticising the officials in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, and has potentially opened the door to an exit from the Peixe sooner than expected.
"Neymar has been kicked about all game and they did nothing. He fell on him [Para] but he did nothing. They said he was diving, but he did nothing and just continued to take the punches. The referee over-reacted and it hurt us,” said Ramalho post-match, according to ESPN.
"It's annoying that this type of officialdom should occur to Neymar. He has to leave the country, no doubt."
And, in a further development, El Confidencial claims that Santos are already lining-up a replacement for Neymar, with compatriot Robinho the man wanted for a return to his first club.
Barcelona are generally regarded as the favourites to land Neymar when he eventually leaves his homeland, but a host of other top European clubs have been linked with a move as recently as last week.
Metro claimed Paris Saint-Germain are weighing-up an £85 million offer for the player last week, which would be a world-record – overtaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s £80 million move from Manchester United to Real Madrid.
If ex-Chelsea boss Carlos Ancelotti did opt to launch such a bid, then all Premier League rivals would be blown out of the water by the big-spending Ligue 1 outfit.
Whilst Blues owner Roman Abramovich has been willing to spend big in the past at Stamford Bridge, it’s a stretch to imagine that he’d want to spend such a figure on a new player, particularly when you consider how the new Financial Fair Play rules might affect Chelsea in the coming years.
That said, new signing Oscar revealed in August that he wants Neymar to join him at West London, and the youngster wouldn’t suffer from loneliness at Chelsea with David Luiz and Ramires also from the South American nation.
And, whilst Santos denied that the Red Devils made an official move, the link to the player remains strong.
Sir Alex Ferguson has a track record of bringing quality young players to Manchester United, and Neymar might be the very best if they were able to pull-off such a transfer coup in the future.
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