The dressing room of Barcelona is pressing club president Josep Maria Bartomeu to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar this summer, report Deportes Cuatro.
The two Catalan sports papers insists that negotiations will be re-opened before summer between the clubs, with Neymar’s relationship with PSG sporting director Leonardo said to be a key factor in accelerating his exit.
The latest report highlights how the Barcelona dressing room – particularly Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique – are keen on Neymar returning.
It is said that they see the Brazilian as crucial to not only raise the standard of performance but also to make the club a happier place, with Antoine Griezmann mentioned as not being a suitable replacement.
The former Santos forward left the Camp Nou for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017 for a world record €222m fee, but reports continue to suggest he may be open to a departure from the Parisians.
Neymar has continually been linked with a return to Spain since his departure with the Catalan giants and Real Madrid said to be keen on a future transfer.
However, despite a prolonged saga of multiple reports claiming that the clubs were in negotiations and a deal was on the verge of completion, no move ever materialised.
Neymar has been derailed in the French capital by injuries – he has been involved in just 52 of a possible 103 Ligue 1 matches since his switch in the summer of 2017, in which he has netted 47 goals.