Neymar Transferring to Barcelona Would Be Best Move for Young Star's Career

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIMay 16, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 25:  Neymar of Brazil during an International Friendly between Brazil and Russia at Stamford Bridge on March 25, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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At just 21 years old, Brazilian star forward Neymar is generating a lot of buzz as he prepares to transfer from his current Santos club to a premier organization in Europe.

Amongst the interested suitors entertaining the notion of landing the prodigious player, there would be no better move for Neymar than to take his magnificent talents to Camp Nou and play for La Liga powerhouse Barcelona.

Neymar's skills in terms of handling the ball, his flashy passes and thunderous shot make him one of the most exciting and most thrilling young guns to watch in world football today.

That sort of arsenal could be lethal, and fortify an already explosive Barcelona attack that is in need of a second top scorer now that David Villa is likely on his way out.

The others vying for Neymar include Real Madrid. They could desperately use an offensive threat of his caliber with Cristiano Ronaldo potentially returning to his former English Premier League team, Manchester United.

Bayern Munich, the German Bundesliga champions, also have a keen interest in Neymar. A former Santos representative claimed a deal was already in place for the club to acquire him, but Bayern Munich dismissed it as "nonsense."

It appears, though, that Barca has the inside track, according to Mundo Deportivo (h/t The transfer fee and contract will reportedly total €120 million, and Barcelona representative Raul Sanllehi is currently meeting with Santos to negotiate.

The report implies that the increased action from the Catalans was spurred by Real's interest in Neymar. Whatever the motivation was, several prominent Blaugrana stars are intrigued by the possibility of adding Neymar to the fold.

Central midfielder Xavi Hernandez articulated his effusive praise for Neymar to the media on Wednesday, as documented by's Mark Doyle:

Players like [Neymar] can fit in at any club. But decisions to sign players are made by others. Whomever arrives at the club, they will be welcomed with open arms...Neymar is an amazing player; there is something different about him.

...For defenders, he is very tricky to contain and he is excellent when on his own in front of the keeper...He looks like he could be one of the big names in world football.

Doyle also highlights how goalkeeper Victor Valdes is set to leave Camp Nou after declining a new contract offer.

That makes the acquisition of Neymar all the more critical. When superstar striker Lionel Messi was plagued by a hamstring injury, Barcelona looked hapless in the Champions League semifinals against Bayern Munich, losing 7-0 in the two-match aggregate scoring.

With a lot of flux expected for Barcelona, courtesy of the prospective departures of Villa and Valdes, Santos also desires €50 million in the transfer, according to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Samba Foot). It's a steep price, but one that the Barca brass should pay.

Messi is set to miss the rest of the La Liga season, and it's clear that Barca needs another consistently reliable scorer to fill in when his unique production isn't present.

That is precisely what Neymar can provide right away, in spite of his age and the increased scrutiny of such a big stage. Plus, having mentors like Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Xavi will only help his development and take pressure off of him.

Neymar has three of the best clubs in the world jockeying for position to sign him as he enters the next big step in his promising career. However, moving to Camp Nou and filling the expected void left by Villa will be his best move.