Premier League in favour of Spain.

The 21-year-old has been linked with both Manchester City and Chelsea in recent months, with the duo rumoured to be willing to spend big to secure his signature this summer.

As well as the English pair, clubs in Germany and Italy have also been linked with the Santos star, who has become one of the most sought after young players in world football.

City are reportedly leading the race for the Brazilian international, but Pele believes that a move to Barcelona would be the best option:

“The game is tougher in England, Italy and Germany, because the referees usually let play go on, Barcelona would be ideal for him.” He is quoted by The Mirror

“Santos need him and for that reason I don’t think he should leave but if he must go it should be to Barcelona.”

Despite the reputation he has gained in his homeland, Neymar has failed to produce the sort of form expected of him on the world stage.

He was criticised for his performance against England in a recent friendly, a game in which he made little impact.

Pele, who has previously compared Neymar to Lionel Messi, admitted that the youngster is still developing and may need time to reach his full potential:

“He is an excellent player but he doesn’t have any experience outside Brazil.

“In every game he plays outside Brazil, he doesn’t do well. Everybody thinks Neymar can solve the national team’s problems, but he isn’t ready for that burden.”