Santos deny Neymar has signed for Barcelona

According to reports in Brazil at the weekend, Santos have gone behind the back of Neymar’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro, and taken the decision to sell their star player to Barcelona. The Estado de Sao Paulo says Santos have convinced both the player and his father to sign a deal with La Blaugrana which would see the 19-year-old move to Europe midway through next season.

Under the heading ´Santos sells Neymar to Barcelona` the newspaper announced just after midnight on Saturday: “Neymar has signed for Barcelona. The transfer is estimated to be around €60m and the player will go to Europe in January, 2013.”

However, Spanish daily AS claimed it had immediately contacted Santos President, Luis Alvaro, to confirm the news but was told: It is totally false. This information is untrue. I have not signed anything and neither have Santos. I am sure Neymar has not signed anything either.”

AS also got in touch with Estado de Sao Paulo’s editor, Luis Augusto M

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