He may not have shown it against England, but Neymar is the most coveted footballer in the world. His big reputation means plenty of competition for his signature, however, with Barcelona believed to have a pre-contractual agreement with the star, meaning both Chelsea and Man United will have alternatives in mind. With Santos youngster Neilton being hailed as the next Neymar, talkSPORT's Transfer Spotlight found out more.
Name: Neilton Meira Mestzk
Date of birth: 17 February, 1994
Birthplace: Nanuque, Brazil
Position: Attacking midfielder
Honours: 2013 Sao Paulo Junior Cup
What's the latest?
Neilton recently scored a spectacular hat-trick against Palmeires for the Santos U20 side, which has apparently caught the eye of some of England's biggest clubs as a result. Both Chelsea and Man United are now being linked with the youngster, with the Blues said to be particularly keen not to miss out on the next big thing from Brazil.
Did you know?
1) Born in the small Brazilian mining town of Nanuque, Neilton started playing junior football with Club Atletico Diadema as a four-year-old, and later moved on to Sao Bernardo. His father once joked that the youngster 'used a football as a pacifier', due to his habit of taking a ball to bed at night.
2) The youngster played futsal between the age of six and 13 for ADC Basf Suvinil, before joining Santos as a 14-year-old. He has since progressed from their U15 team to the U19s in four years with the club.
3) Neilton already has a professional deal with Santos, earning around 10 times the Brazilian monthly minimum wage according to sources in the country. Rumours claim his buyout clause is only set at £5m, though, which the English clubs will aim to exploit before Santos can renew his deal.
4) Neilton has already trained with the Santos senior team on several occasions, with first team coach Muricy Ramalho once reported to have exclaimed 'this kid is great!' after watching him in training.
5) The Santos star recently made a string of appearances for the Santos U20 side, and along with his aforementioned strong showing for them against Palmeires in the Copa Sao Paulo, his performances against Internacional and Vitoria have also earned him praise.
What is being said?
“I think I have subtleness, control and the speed to receive the ball then quickly get a shot away on goal. All that Neymar does, I try to do, always looking for spaces. We have to learn from the players we know well, and Neymar is a genius, like Pele.”
“He's a slick player. He dribbles with ease and was born with the gift of being a natural football player.”
- Neilton's father, Wanderlei Meira.
Chelsea and United fans, is it worth signing Neilton up before someone else does?