Reports claim the five team are Real Madrid, Barcelona, Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester City.
“We don’t want to sell the player, but of course there is a release clause in his contract that can be paid and five European clubs have offered to match the clause,” Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro told ESPN Brasil.
“I cannot name them because there is an agreement between Santos and the clubs, but they are the most important European clubs.
“They have asked to speak to the player and obviously we’ve allowed them to.
“The clubs have behaved ethically. They sought out Santos first and were willing to pay the clause. With this ethical approach, they can talk to anyone – with Neymar’s father, with [agent] Wagner Ribeiro, and with the representatives of Neymar.”
“Last year, Chelsea’s attitude was different. Their first action was to seek out the player’s representatives,” he stated.
“These clubs can come along and make their offerings, but if he wants to stay at Santos he can say no and continue at Santos,” he concluded.