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The signing that could change football. You probably haven’t heard this story, but Neymar was very close in 2010 to reaching West Ham of the Premier League, the same club in which Chicharito played years later, but that at the beginning of the last decade could alter the course of history.
We all know that his began in Santos in Brazil, jumping into the eyes of the world with just 16 years. Just reached the age of majority, Ney Jr. was wanted by the Hammers with almost 20 million euros in between -reported at that time the Daily Mail-, a very good offer for a youth who at that time had never worn the shirt of the Brazilian National Team.
Neymar and the ‘slice’ that was missing with his father
Although at that time West Ham seemed to be leading the way to become the Brazilian jewel, the signing never materialized. The reasons? One of them was that -according to English reports- Neymar’s father refused for his son to arrive in Europe so soon, much less to a non-elite club, although it was also rumored that the Ney’s father’s financial claims they were inordinate.
The factor that was publicly adduced as the culprit of this failed operation was that the Santos from Brazil demanded about 35 million euros for his footballer and never gave in, coupled with the fact that they owned only 60% of the card, with the remaining margin owned by an investment group.
West Ham signings after failing with Neymar
The destinies of club and player were diametrically opposite. Neymar arrived at Barcelona in 2013 for almost 90 million euros between transfer and commission concepts, forming the unforgettable MSN with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez to win all possible trophies. In 2017 it was sold to PSG for € 222 million, a record so far for a transfer.
On the other side, the West Ham had to look for strikers in that 2010 and settled with the French Frederic Piquionne and the Nigerian Victor obinna, who were part of the squad that finished last in the Premier and descended for the next season.
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Neymar to West Ham, the signing that could change to football