Neymar almost joined Chelsea!
Shocking should it sound to many Neymar, Chelsea almost signed Neymar before his Barcelona move.
Watching Neymar tear La Liga rival defense line to shreds in the current season it’s evident that he would make it to any team of the world. But what if Chelsea had got their man back in 2010? Things could have been different keeping in mind the fact that Neymar almost joined Chelsea.
Chelsea were one of the first prominent clubs to show an interest in Neymar Jr, an 18-year-old guy who was having an incredible form in the Brazilian league. Chelsea were the first major European side bidding for Neymar, who was about to make his Brazilian debut.
According to Brazilian newspaper ‘Samba Foot’, former Santos president, Luis Álvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro, remembers in his biography that the Brazilian youngman was a Chelsea transfer target back in 2010 when the ‘Blues’ offered a striking 30m euro bid for the ‘Canarinha’ star.
Ribeiro exclaims how Chelsea’s representative in New York, Pini Zahavi, caught up with ‘Ney’ and his father at Sao Paulo-Guarulhos international airport. He was almost on the way to make his senior Brazil debut against the USA. There were two cars awaiting them there, one belonging to the Premier League side itself and the other from his club Santos. Thanks to pressure from Brazilian employees there, the footballer climbed into his club’s car, thus preventing a meeting, which could have altered the course of his career.