Barcelona are ready to thwart Real Madrid's attempt at landing Santos ace Neymar by making a €50 million bid to sign him in 2012.
Madrid have reportedly been in discussions with Santos over a €45 million move for the 19-year-old Brazil international. Neymar's current club have made clear they want to keep him until 2012, while the forward wants to play in the Club World Cup in December.
However, AS.com reports Barcelona are ready to start a bidding war with their greatest rivals for the teenage striker.
It is said that La Liga and European champions have already opened dialogue for Neymar and they are willing to meet Santos' demands, as well as match any offer from Madrid.
However, the Catalans are not looking to conclude a deal soon. Rather, they are planning to make their offer known now so Santos are aware of an interest when they eventually decide to let him go.
The Brazilian club will try to offer their man a new deal after the Copa America where he is playing with Brazil in an attempt at raising the buy-out clause following interest from both Spanish sides.
As part of those talks, the clause could rise from €45m to €60m.