Santos have been told by one of their advisors to cash in on Neymar this summer, or risk losing him for nothing in the future.
The 21-year-old, who is continually linked with moves to Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City, generally in that order, is valued at between €40m and €60m.
However, with his contract at Santos set to expire after the 2014 World Cup, there is anxiety in Brazil that he might leave his current employers on a free transfer.
“He could go and leave the club empty handed,” influential club advisor Celso Leite told Uol this week.
“Imagine if Neymar walks out the door and Santos run out of money. That can happen if the player does not renew.
“As an advisor, I would like Santos to call his father and discuss a new contract. He could go in July. Santos would receive a lot of money.
“That is in my opinion the most sensible option and I can guarantee that my opinion is shared by a majority of the board.”