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Arsenal can lay down a marker

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By ESPN Staff

Barca and Real fight for Neymar

Neymar's agent claims Barcelona are vying with Real Madrid for the player's services.

• Messi talks up Sanchez deal
• Neymar prefers Real Madrid

Neymar is one of the hottest properties in the summer transfer market. His agent, Wagner Ribeiro, insists a move to Madrid, long-standing admirers of the player, is Neymar's preference but that Barcelona are the more attractive option for his current club.

Ribeiro claims Barca are prepared to wait until after they and Copa Libertadores winners Santos have competed in the Club World Cup in December, which would enable Santos president Luis Alvaro De Oliveira to honour a pledge he made that Neymar would lead the team at the tournament in Japan before moving to Europe.

Ribeiro told AS: "The exact situation is as follows: Barcelona want him next year and will pay next year, Madrid want him now and are prepared to pay now.

"The main problem is that the kid (Neymar) wants to play in the Club World Cup against Barcelona, and Santos are using their force to make him choose Barca.

"The numbers being talked about by both clubs (Madrid and Barcelona) are good, but Neymar would prefer a move to Madrid.''

Ribeiro insists Neymar will make a final decision once Brazil's involvement in the Copa America is at an end.

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