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Feb, 7, 2011

Barca consider Neymar move

Barcelona's chief scout, Alberto Valentin, has hinted at an interest in Santos forward Neymar.

Barcelona 3-0 Atletico Madrid

Neymar, 19, is one of the most highly rated youngsters in Brazil and has already made his full international debut.

Chelsea were eager to sign the player in the summer but were unable to agree a fee with Santos, and Valentin has suggested Barca could now move for the player.

"I can say he fits the profile of a Barcelona player, but that is all I can say," he said in Globoesporte. "Even if I were watching a player here, I could not talk about it."

Neymar Silva, the player's father, said he was happy to hear his son had attracted Barca's interest: "I think it is good that he is attracting the attention of several clubs in Europe. It means he is on the right track."

It was reported that Valentin was monitoring Sao Paolo midfielder Lucas, 18, during the scouting trip to the South American Under-20 Championships in Peru.

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