Neymar will be on the agenda when Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini holds talks with the club’s new sporting director Txiki Begiristain this week.
Mancini covets the Brazilian ace more than any player in the world and sent his most trusted aide Attilio Lombardo on several scouting trips to South America to watch him.
But there is confusion over the 20-year-old Santos striker’s future, with big political pressure in Brazil to keep him in the country until they host the 2014 World Cup.
There have also been claims in Spain that Barcelona have paid a large down-payment to secure his signing.
It has left Mancini confused over whether City have a chance to sign a player regarded as the successor to Lionel Messi and Cristiano as the world’s best.
He hopes Begiristain, until recently sporting director at Barca, will provide some answers when he starts work at the Etihad this week.
‘I have read that Barcelona have bought Neymar but I don’t know if it is true,’ said Mancini.
‘But I am very happy to work now with the new sporting director because he may know situations that I don’t, and we can move very quickly regarding some players.
‘If we work well in the next three or four years, Manchester City can be very strong.’