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Real Madrid and Man United fighting for Brazilian wonder kid

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Neymar da Silva Santos Junior: remember where you heard him first. Well, not first but anyway you get the idea. And you should also get the idea that he is yet another teenage gem to be at the heart of a tug-of-war that has more than two opposition parties involved.

Goal.com reports that although the 15-year old sensation with unparalleled dribbling, passing and shooting skills attached to a lightning pace is with his Brazilian club Santos at the moment, he could ship off to Europe very soon. Spanish giants Real Madrid have already signed a pre-contract agreement with the player’s agent Wagner Ribeiro but Santos appear to be making the deal complicated.

In Brazil, players cannot sign a professional contract with their clubs until they turn 16 and Santos junior is only 15. That implies that the player is in the hands of his agent who decides where he moves. Ribeiro appears to have struck a deal with the los Merengues but Santos hold the player’s image rights until 2015 and should the player move to any other club, Santos would have to be paid £15 million.

Real Madrid are adamant that they will see the deal through but Santos may well deny them. This is the loophole that English Premier League club Manchester United are looking to exploit. They are also reported to be signing the teenager and should Santos turn away Real, United could get into the thick of things with Santos.

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