Punto Pelota says City's stunning push to land the Brazilian dazzler has shocked rivals Barcelona, which have a pre-contract with the player.
Barca chief Raul Sanllehí, after a tense and unproductive meeting with Santos officials last Thursday, will this week discuss personal terms with Neymar and his father. City's amazing bid has spooked Barca - and Santos - which are now willing to cop the penalty clause in their pre-agreement with the Spanish champs knowing they will still make a stunning profit should they accept the English club's proposal.
Talk of a £100 million offer sounds like the stuff of fantasy football, but City's ex-Barca execs Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain know how much Neymar is currently worth in off-field merchandise and marketing - and the projections for future earnings from Barca's commercial department.
American Hip-Hop star Jay-Z recognises the Brazilian's earning potential and has targeted Neymar to headline his new entertainment management firm.
Neymar's buyout clause is set at €65 million and Barca are pushing Santos to agree a fee of around €21 million - plus the €10 million downpayment they made to secure first option. City are willing to go much higher knowing a Real Madrid delegation is also in Brazil this week for talks with Santos.