Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid target, Neymar, will become the subject of one of the biggest transfer scrambles in recent years, after his father - and agent - confirmed the Santos forward will move to Europe next year.
The Daily Mail reports how the 21-year-old is one of the most highly rated young talents in world football at the moment, and as such has been linked with a host of top clubs.
Neymar has made no secret of his desire to remain in Brazil until after the 2014 World Cup, where he will be hoping to lift the Jules Rimet Trophy with the host nation.
"My son will close a chapter in his life after playing in the World Cup here and will then leave for Europe," confirmed Neymar Snr.
Roman Abramovich has been credited with an interest in bringing the South American sensation to Stamford Bridge, a move that would increase a growing number of Brazilian players currently plying their trades in west London, with David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar all operating in the first-team.
However, Chelsea will face serious competition for the £50million-rated star's signature, with Real Madrid also believed to be monitoring Neymar's situation, with a view to luring him to the Santiago Bernabeu ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
Spain remains Neymar's most likely destination, but it's Barcelona - not Real Madrid - that are favourites to secure his services with the Catalan club's transfer negotiator, Andre Cury confirming that Camp Nou officials will speak with the player's representative when the time is right.
"Neymar is Barcelona's top choice, and I'm currently attending all Santos games," he said. "When they are willing to sell, we are ready to talk."
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