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Adebayor is the key to Neymar’s transfer

Adebayor is the key to Neymar’s transfer

Santos agrees to sell their rising star to Real Madrid as long as they can keep him at least until January.

In the race fto sign Brazil’s new rising star Neymar, the best positioned of the big European clubs is Real Madrid, not only because they can afford a 45 million transfer and have a good relationship with his team, Santos, but specially because the 19 year old striker has already expressed that it is his desire to play for the Whites.

Neymar’s future continues being discussed by Real Madrid and Santos, and the most recent of these talks took place in Paris this week in Paris, where the clubs presidents Florentino Perez and Luis Alvaro de Oliveira respectively tried to bring their postures closer.

With a buyout fee of 45 million that is not real big issue in the negotiations, the real problem of the transfer lays in when would Real Madrid get Neymar once they close the deal. While Perez aims to count with him immediately, de Oliveira wants to keep him until next summer or at least January, so that he gets to dispute the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup at Japan.

For Real Madrid’s coach Jose Mourinho it is not an issue to cancel the 45 million fee now and wait for Neymar until January, as long as he gets Emmanuel Adebayor this summer. Mourinho already expressed that his roster needs one more forward to have all of his requests fulfilled, and the fact that Adebayor played the second half of the past season on loan with the Whites makes him the perfect candidate while they wait on Neymar.

Adebayor is under contract with Manchester City, but is not part of coach Roberto Mancini’s plans, therefore he is looking for an exit, and Real Madrid is his number one option. It was that bad relationship with Mancini that brought Adebayor on loan to Madrid last season. With the loan expired he had to return to London, where he refused to take part of the Citizens preseason demanding an exit.

Confident in the will of Neymar and his family to stay one more year in Brazil, Santos has no rush to transfer their rising star. If he keeps on performing like he has there aren’t reason to believe that his price will drop neither, therefore if Real Madrid really wants the player they will have to be compliant with the Brazilian club.

It is impossible to talk about this story and not bring Robinho’s name up, who as a youngster was called to be what is now expected from Neymar: the best Brazilian player since Pele. In July 2005 the Whites agreed to pay Santos 24 million for Robinho, who after three seasons in Spain didn’t meet the expectations and ended up transferred to Manchester City in September 2008.

Despite that experience with Robinho, Real Madrid is willing to run the same risk again and spend an important amount of money in a player that has a lot of conditions to impose his style, but maybe not as many to be considered the new Pele. Time will tell.

Fifa confirm Manchester City transfer probe

Fifa confirm Manchester City transfer probe

Rennes made their complaint after City signed the French teenager earlier this year.

Fifa said in a statement: “We can confirm that there is a case pending with Fifa’s Player Status Department involving Jeremy Helan, Stade Rennais FC and Manchester City.”

City are expected to strongly contest the complaint, and are likely to argue that there was already a civil court dispute in France between Helan and Rennes before they signed the teenager.

The case follows Fifa’s ban of Chelsea signing any new players for the next two transfer windows for inducing another French teenager, Gael Kakuta, to breach his contract with Lens.

Another French side, Le Havre, claim they are in the process of reporting Manchester United to FIFA over the signing of 16 year old Paul Pogba. United, however, insist the move was legal and have warned the French outfit they may sue them if there are any more allegations.

Rennes’ complaint was made before either of the other cases came to light.

It was The Independent that revealed the story, after Rennes technical director Pierre Dreossi told this publication: “We have referred this to Fifa.”

He added: “For us it was strange to have no discussion from City and now, in the week after the Fifa declaration on Chelsea, I would hope that it will be the same thing for Manchester City.

“Kakuta signed up for just a possibility of a full contract. For Helan there was definitely one there, under the terms of the pre contract agreement, because he had played for his country.”