Santos reject Barcelona`s Neymar bid

Updated: May 23, 2013, 13:10 PM IST

Rio de Janeiro: Santos have rejected a 20 million-euro offer from Barcelona for Brazil star Neymar.

The Brazilian outfit, which last week turned down Barcelona`s initial 18 million-euro bid for the striker, made the decision after a meeting of the club`s board Wednesday night, reports Xinhua.

"Santos has analysed the the proposal and it doesn`t meet our requirements," Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues told O Globo.

"He (Neymar) remains a part of our team and has a contract until July 2014."

The latest development involving Neymar`s future comes amid reports that representatives from both Barcelona and Spanish rivals Real Madrid are currently in Brazil to negotiate a deal for the 21-year-old.

Santos, to whom Neymar is contracted until the 2014 World Cup, owns 55 percent of the player`s economic rights. The remainder is held by investment firms DIS (40 percent) and Terceira Estrela Investimentos (5 percent).

The club risks losing Neymar for nothing if it does not strike a deal for the forward before the close of the European summer transfer window in August.