Barcelona have sealed a deal which would see talented young Brazilian striker Neymar join the Spanish club in 2014, Cadena SER radio reported.
The report claimed the Catalan giants have already paid 14.5 million euros ($19 million) of the total 58-million-euro transfer fee to the 20-year-old’s Brazilian club Santos.
“According to several reliable sources Barca have already paid a quarter of the 58 million euros to Santos to guarantee the transfer of the player,” Cadena SER claimed, adding that the date for his transfer was after the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, and that Neymar’s father was pushing for the move.
probe into russian banana attack
Moscow: Russian football chiefs on Tuesday launched an investigation into an apparent racially-motivated attack on Anzhi Makhachkala’s Congolese defender Christopher Samba.
Media reports said that Samba was on his way to the dressing room after the final whistle of Sunday’s game at Lokomotiv Moscow, which his side lost 1-0, when a banana came flying from the VIP box, landing nearby.
The 27-year-old player picked it up and threw it back and said afterwards that he hoped it served as an example of “how not to behave”.