Is Neymar Bayern Munich bound?
Vicente Cascione wrote on his personal website that a deal for the 21-year-old has been agreed, with Neymar set to link up with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena this summer.
"I have this information first hand. Neymar has signed for Bayern Munich. It's already a done deal. I am not speculating here. This information is irrefutable. From August this year on, the player will be part of Bayern's squad. So his next destination will not be Spain, like many expected. He's not going to Barcelona or Real Madrid. He will go to Germany."
It has long been thought that Barcelona had a pre-contract agreement in place to sign the A Selecao starlet, with Real Madrid also rumoured to be preparing a mega-money move to hijack the Catalans advances.
Neymar's contract with Santos runs until after the 2014 World Cup, and his current club have so far insisted that he will not leave this summer.
However, with Barca looking to reinvigorate their attacking options, Madrid expected to undergo another facelift following the likely exit of Jose Mourinho, and Bayern aiming to build on domestic and continental success, the Brazilian club may decide the time is right to cash in on their prized asset.
Bayern wasted little time in toasting their most recent Bundesliga success by ridding rivals Borussia Dortmund of Mario Goetze, and Guardiola will expect further additions as he seeks to build on the impressive work of the outgoing Jupp Heynckes.
Former Santos official Vicente Cascione says that #Neymar to Bayern Munich is a done deal! :'(— Barcaatletic (@barcaatletic) May 14, 2013
Personally, I just cannot see Bayern splashing out whatever it costs to acquire Neymar when they have just signed Goetze and already have an abundance of attacking options on their books.
Although Neymar's commerciality would recoup a large proportion of any transfer fee required, the move doesn't make much sense for a financially prudent club like Bayern.
The youngster—although abundantly talented—has yet to prove himself outside of Brazil, and was underwhelming for the national side at last Summer's Olympics and in recent high profile friendly internationals against England and Italy.
In my opinion he is much more likely to end up in Spain with one of the big two, and that move will probably come next summer if Neymar demonstrates on the biggest of stages that he is indeed much more than just a hyped up YouTube sensation.
What do you think? Is there anything in this Bayern Munich story, and is Neymar really "all that"?
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