Neymar has a contract with Barcelona until the summer of 2018 and transfer rumours have just begun with just over two years left on his deal.

It has become customary for a player to be linked with other clubs at this stage. Neymar appears to be no exception, as Manchester City and United have been linked with an offer for his services. It would probably take a world record offer in order to prize away the Brazilian superstar, but both these clubs would not be fazed by this prospect. Neymar would represent a great investment not just on the playing field but also off the pitch due to his marketing potential.

The 24-year-old is easily one of the most recognisable stars in Brazil and across South America, which has a lot of economic potential for football clubs. This coupled with Neymar’s father recently claiming that his son would like to play for Pep Guardiola someday has increased rumours about a move to England. Guardiola was recently revealed as the new manager of Manchester City and he will take over in the summer. Barcelona’s vice presidentCarlesVilarrubi, though, is confident that the striker will sign a new deal with the club.

Neymar is believed to have cost in excess of £ 70 million to sign him from Santos a few years ago."Neymar will renew his contract. It will be when he wants, and when the club wants. We are absolutely certain.He is committed to the team and is happy with his team-mates. The club gives him a lot of happiness.We are convinced that Sergio will wear the shirt of Barcelona for many years.Also [Marc-Andre] TerStegen, Neymar…They are the first to enjoy Barcelona and they show on the pitch their desire to wear the shirt,” saidVilarrubi about the futures of Neymar and Sergio Busquets.