Barcelona will reportedly pay €45m to sign Neymar, no matter if it is this summer or next, and even if his contract at Santos expires.
The Brazilian youngster is widely seen to have signed a pre-contract agreement with the Catalan club to join them during any transfer window up to and including the 2014 summer market.
Despite Neymar then being out of contract after the 2014 World Cup, Barca’s agreement signed with him, which reportedly includes an €80m severance penalty on either side, will still see the club front up €45m.
Sport report that the agreement signed stipulates that if the player joins in 2014, when he is a free agent, then he will be due two-thirds, €30m, of that transfer budget, with his various representatives set to receive the remaining third.
If Barca were to make a move for the 21-year-old this coming summer, then Santos, DIS and Third Star Investments, who all own a percentage share in his currnent contractual rights, will share out the €45m fee accordingly.
The Brazilian international is seen as having the final say on when he moves across to the Camp Nou.