London: In a bid to stun Real Madrid, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has given his team’s boss Andre Villas-Boas 40 million pounds to sign Brazilian wonder kid Neymar.
Spanish giants Madrid were favourites to land a deal with Neymar, but have stalled their offer after having to rethink on the huge fee, which would trigger a release clause in the teen’s contract with Santos.
Abramovich, who is desperate to win the Champions League, will sanction a bid, which could mean the Spaniards will miss out on striking a deal with Neymar.
Chelsea are likely to make a bid of close to 40 million pounds, The Daily Star reports.
“Real Madrid were serious about signing him but, for one reason or another, that deal broke down,” The paper quoted a team source, as saying.
“Money talks and with a 40 million pounds offer on the table, Neymar could be a Chelsea player soon,” he added.