Barca & Real hunt Neymar

Agent reveals Spanish giants are both in running

Neymar: Wants to join Real in January but Santos would prefer to sell to Barca

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Barcelona are battling Real Madrid for the signature of Santos starlet Neymar, according to the player's agent.

The 19-year-old, one of the hottest properties in the summer transfer market, declared earlier this month that his preference would be to join Real.

However, Neymar's representative, Wagner Ribeiro, says 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 www.as.com: "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.