Mundo Deportivo believe that Manchester City’s ‘blank cheque’ for Brazilian forward Neymar may be filled with a very high number.
The Catalan publication believe that the English League champions are interested in taking the 21-year-old to Eastlands in the near future, with the club’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain reported as having met with agent Pini Zahavi this week.
However, the assumption also remains that Barcelona have already paid a €10m deposit with Santos and signed a pre-contract agreement with Neymar for him to complete a total €40m transfer to Camp Nou anytime through to the end of the 2014 World Cup.
Mundo Deportivo believe that any party breaking that agreement would be subject to a penalty €80m fee, and assume that City would have to front that initial expense if they are interested in taking the attacker to England.
Added to the €40m transfer price they would be expected to then have to pay Santos, City are also thought to have to be prepared to offer at least a €40m contract across four or five seasons to Neymar.
If City do have a blank cheque and intend to make a move, it is believed that they may face a total spend upwards of €160m.