Agent says that Chelsea would have paid asking price for Neymar
A day after Neymar decided to stay at Santos, the player’s agent revealed that Chelsea were willing to pay the asking price for the teenager. In an interview on SporTV’s, Arena, Wagner Ribeiro said: “The [Chelsea] delegation, were going to pay the full value [of the buyout clause]. He [Neymar] only stayed because he wanted to. [They] would have paid 35 million euros, but the only thing that mattered were the wishes of the player. [Even] a flight to London was booked for this weekend”.
The agent also added that he doubted that Neymar would see out his new five-year contract and that he expects him to move on within three seasons.
When questioned on Chelsea’s reaction to yesterday’s news, Ribeiro said that the Premier League club thought that Neymar was ‘crazy’ to turn down their offer.