Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that he unsure of the situation regarding long-term target Neymar.
The Brazilian attacker has been on the wanted list of the Premier League club for some time due to a succession of breath-taking displays for Santos in his homeland.
The club are believed to be preparing a move for the 20-year-old, but Mancini confessed that he’s unsure of the player’s situation ahead of discussions with City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain:
“I have read that Barcelona are buying Neymar but I don’t know if it is true or not.” The Italian is quoted by SkySports.
“When Txiki starts to work here this week, we can start to talk about the future. For us, that is very important.
“Neymar is a Santos player at this moment and I don’t know what will happen to him in the future.
“But I am very happy to work now with the sporting director because he knows the situation.
“We have talked on the phone and by messages and now we will meet in the next few days.”
Neymar is widely regarded as one of the finest attacking talents in world football, attracting attention from the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and big spending Russians Anzhi Makhachkala.
There is little doubt that the Sky Blues have the financial muscle to compete with other interested parties, but it’s unclear as to where the youngster sees his long-term future.