Juventus are interested in Neymar, confirms Santos president

The man at the helm of the Brazilian club revealed that the Turin giants are just one of the teams interested in the precocious starlet but refused to divulge further information

Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro has confirmed that Juventus are interested in their young forward Neymar.

The Italian giants join a host of clubs including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea who have expressed an interest in the 20-year-old wonderkid.

In response to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Ribeiro said: “Juventus are just one of the clubs who want Neymar.”

The Brazil international has been courting most of Europe's biggest clubs since he made his debut for the Peixe aged 17, but last year signed a contract extension to stay at the club until at least 2014. Barcelona are believed to be in the driver's seat to sign the youngster after Madrid fell out of favour with the player during preliminary negotiations.

Juventus meanwhile, are in the market for a high-profile striker. The Bianconeri have dropped their interest in Arsenal's Robin van Persie in order to focus on Napoli's Edinson Cavani, but Gonazalo Higuain is reportedly still on their wishlist.