Barcelona reach agreement to sign Santos forward Neymar

The 21-year-old, who will move to Camp Nou for an estimated £23.9m, will sign a five-year contract with the Spanish champions on Monday
Barcelona have confirmed an agreement has been reached with Santos to sign Brazilian forward Neymar.

As revealed by Goal on Saturday, the 21-year-old will sign a five-year contract with the Spanish champions, which will keep him at Camp Nou until 2018.

Neymar, who will move to Barcelona for an estimated £23.9m, confirmed via the photo-sharing service Instagram that he will sign the contract on Monday after he plays his final match for Santos against Flamengo on Sunday.

The Brazil international will earn around £6m-a-year at Barcelona while the Spanish club have also agreed to play two friendly matches against Santos - one at home and another away - as part of the deal.

"I won't be able to hold this until Monday. My family and friends already know my decision. On Monday, I sign with Barcelona," Neymar wrote.

"I want to thank the Santos fans for these incredible nine years. My feeling for club and fans will never change. It's eternal!

"Only a club like Santos FC could give me everything I have lived on and off the field. I thank the wonderful fans who supported me fish even in the most difficult moments.

"Titles, goals, dribbling, celebrations and songs that fans created for me will be forever in my heart. I will be sure to play the match tomorrow in Brasilia.
"I made sure I could play the match tomorrow. I want to wear the shirt one more time and hear the crowd cheer my name.

"This is for me both a sad (farewell) and happy (new challenge) moment. May God bless me in my choices ... Always a Santos fan!"