He is the hottest property on the market and Chelsea look favourites to sign Brazilian whizz kid Neymar from Santos.
Roman Abramovich is ready to meet the buyout clause in Neymar’s contract, which is thought to be in the region of £40m.
Real Madrid were favourites to land the Samba player until the Santos chairman Oliveira declared that he will not sell to either Barcelona or Real Madrid, after them playing delaying tactics.
Chelsea assistant-boss Roberto Di Matteo watched Neymar score for Brazil against Germany last week and a source at the club said:
“Roberto was suitably impressed by what he saw. The kid’s a real talent.
“Real Madrid were serious about signing him but, for one reason or another, that deal broke down.
“Money talks and with a £40million offer on the table, Neymar could be a Chelsea player soon.”