It’s official… Neymar is headed to España…
The 21-year-old Brazilian striker made his move to Futbol Club Barcelona official on Monday, signing the papers for his transfer from Brazil’s Santos FC to this year’s Spanish champion.
Next on the agenda is a visit to the office of Barça club president Sandro Rosell, where Neymar will ink his five-year deal.
The club expects to present Neymar to the fans next week, though the exact day will depend on his commitments with the Brazilian national team.
Barcelona has yet to reveal how much the team paid for Neymar, but some media accounts have mentioned a transfer fee in the realm of 100 million euros ($129.3 million).
Neymar still had a year left on his contract with Santos, which last Friday accepted offers from both Barça and archrival Real Madrid and left it up to the striker to decide where he wanted to go.
The latest soccer phenom to come out of Brazil joined the Santos organization as a youngster and was promoted to the senior squad in 2009.
Neymar’s 138 goals in 230 matches have been a big part of why Santos has won six titles, including the Brazilian Cup and the Copa Libertadores, in the last four years.
At Barça, he will be part of a lineup led by Lionel Messi, widely regarded as the world’s best player.