After inviting some of the biggest clubs to Brazil to negotiate a transfer for Brazilian sensation Neymar, Santos have now turned around and said they no longer wish to sell the forward. The Blues were willing to match Santos’ £40 million buy-out clause and had sent representatives to Brazil to negotiate personal terms.
But the club president Luis Alvaro de Oliviera has caused indignation by turning around and saying that the player is no longer for sale.
According to the Sun he said: “In light of continuous speculation in the national and international press about the future of our player, I feel obliged to communicate the departure of Neymar is non-negotiable. Neymar is a media phenomenon known throughout the world. His talent for brilliant moves on the field is proportional to his charisma”.
He continued: “In any case, the response of Santos is that we are not yet considering any offer for his transfer”.
The Brazilian striker is currently on international duty with the Brazilian squad at the Copa America after helping Santos win the Copa Libertadores.
Oliviera spoke of the love Santos fans have for the player: “The fans love Neymar, not only how he plays, but for his human qualities. That love is shared by millions of other Brazilians who admire him regardless of the club to which he belongs. Neymar will return to Santos after the Copa America and we will make efforts to retain and keep him happy for many years”.
Chelsea won’t be too happy with the games that Santos is playing and will make sure they are lining up other players should the transfer of Neymar to Stamford Bridge really be off the cards.