Etihad Stadium side get the ball rolling in pursuit of Santos forward.
Manchester City have reportedly held initial talks with representatives of Santos attacker Neymar according to the Daily Mail.
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The Premier League title holders have made their opening move to sign the £55m rated Brazilian attacker as they look to land the much sought after 21 year old.
City executives Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain are said to have had talks with Neymar’s family whist sharing Wembley’s VIP suite during Brazil’s recent friendly with England.
With Mario Balotelli being sold to AC Milan and with Carlos Tevez talking recently of his desire to return to Argentina there is perhaps a good chance that Roberto Mancini would look to bring in the youngster and knows his side’s owners are more than able to win any bidding war in pursuit of Neymar.
Man City would have to see off the challenge of Barcelona to land Lionel Messi and also convince the striker to go back against his current commitment to remain at Santos until 2014.
Neymar has racked up 129 goals in 209 appearances for Santos and 17 goals in 27 matches for the Brazilian national team.