The Brazilian club are already sending out feelers for a replacement and are seeking a player who can fill the void and excite the fans.
For his part, Neymar is becoming increasingly frustrated with all the speculation over his future and also has concerns about delaying a move to Europe. He feels it would be better to make the switch now for the sake of his wife and young son.
Significantly, Neymar recently rejected an approach from Santos officials to discuss a new contract.
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