Spanish sources claim that move to Catalan giants is agreed.
Barcelona have signed a deal to buy Brazilian star Neymar in 2014, according to reports in Spain.
The striker had been expected to sign for Real Madrid, but last week agreed a new contract that will keep him at Santos until 2014.
And according to El Confidencial, that deal was signed after Barcelona President Sandro Rosell was able to confirm an agreement that the 19-year-old will head to the Nou Camp in three years’ time.
That is reportedly against Pep Guardiola’s wishes, with the Barcelona boss believing Lionel Messi and Neymar will struggle to play on the same side.
But Rosell has apparently moved to secure the deal for Neymar, although the transfer fee has yet to be made public.
This is interesting news, not least as last week it was reported across Spain that Neymar had signed for Real Madrid in a deal worth £48m only for Santos to claim that the Brazilian international had agreed a new two year extension to his contract.
Indeed since then the Santos president has branded the Bernabeu side as arrogant and it may be the fall out from the attempted signing by Jose Mourinho that has led to the possibility of a move to Barcelona in the first place.
If Pep Guardiola has not sanctioned the move, as this report suggests, then that could cause big problems at the Nou Camp but the fact that the deal will not come into effect until 2014 gives Rosell time to smooth things over with the Barcelona boss.