Stamford Bridge and Eastland sides join three other European outfits who have met Brazilian youngster’s release clause fee.
Santos have confirmed that five clubs have met Neymar’s release clause of €45million (£40.3million) and they have been given permission to talk with the Brazilian sensation.
The clubs are understood to be Real Madrid, Barcelona,Chelsea, Manchester City and Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
It was previously believed that Real and Chelsea, who have been tracking Neymar for years, were leading the chase with the Spaniards in pole position.
But now it has emerged that they are not alone in the race for his signature, with Barca and City also showing their hand.
The outsiders of the five are Anzhi Makhachkala – although they have plenty of finances and they would hope their current Brazilian contingent, which includes Roberto Carlos, could help push a deal through.
SOURCE: Sky Sports
So it seems that Neymar is heading for Europe, but where will he end up? If the Brazilian international is after a huge wage then clearly Man City would be able to offer him the best deal in that regard but a move to Barcelona must be very appealing to the 19 year old but given the Catalan side’s much publicized lack of funds would surely make a move for the Santos man problematic?
The talented young striker has just helped his side to a Copa Libertadores title and has netted 66 goals in 132 appearances for the Alvinegro praiano but as is usually the case a move to Europe was only ever a case of when and not if.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich seems keen to flex his financial muscles and new boss Andre Villas-Boas will be looking to put his stamp on the Stamford Bridge squad that could do with some freshening up, so a move to West London seems a distinct possibility.
Jose Mourinho clearly wants Neymar as well and the Real Madrid boss does need further attacking options after appearing to opt against making a loan move for Emmanuel Adebayor a permanent one.