Barcelona are set to complete the signing of Neymar’s former brother-in-law on a four-year contract this summer from Brazilian club Santos though the 26-year-old midfielder will officially move to Camp Nou in January according to Fox Sports.
Lucas Lima, who is the ex-boyfriend of Neymar ‘s sister, Rafaella Beckran, is represented by the current Barca forward’s father and will be joining the Catalan giants on a free transfer at the end of his current Santos contract, which expires at the end of 2017.
Lima, who has previously played for Inter de Limeira, Internacional and Sport Recife, has been capped 14 times by Brazil and has been tracked by a number of leading European clubs, including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, while there has also been interest from Chinese Super League clubs.
Barcelona forward Neymar is said to have personally recommended Lima to his club, with a deal likely to be announced on July 1.
“Lucas Lima dos Santos was right with Barcelona. He will sign on July 1, date that he can sign his pre-contract,” reporter Benjamin Back said on FOX Sports Radio.
“He leaves for free, because it is the law, six months before he can sign a pre-contract. He signs on July 1 and in December, presents himself to Barcelona.
“It would have been a request from Neymar. Lucas Lima who has his career now managed by Neymar Pai. So the information I have is this. He’s not 100% sure why he did not sign, it’s 99.99 per cent because on July 1st he signs with Barcelona.”