Neymar is set to become Pep Guardiola’s first marquee signing as the incoming Manchester City manager has reportedly told the club to make the deal happen.
Guardiola had spotted Neymar’s talent when he was still in charge at Barcelona, but the forward’s transfer was only completed when he had already left the club and with Messi looking an unrealistic target, Guardiola has set his sights on the Brazilian.
Neymar has a £145m buy-out clause in his contract and it is understood City will be willing to pay as much as a £100m for him, making him the first £100m player.
Real Madrid and Manchester United are also interested in the 24-year old and are willing to make him their arrow-head seeing as he plays second-fiddle to Lionel Messi at Barcelona, but it is understood that if any club were to secure his release, it would be City given that their chief executive Ferran Soriano used to work for Barca and still has close ties to the club.
John Stones of Everton and Juventus’ Paul Pogba have also been mentioned as possible names that could be playing under with Guardiola at City next season.