Lionel Messi Wants Neymar To Return To Barcelona
There are a number of rumors claiming that Neymar is seriously considering leaving his current club, Paris Saint-Germain, before the end of the current transfer window. PSG is also open into releasing the Brazilian international, something that has led to a number of rumors about Neymar's future. On top of the list that is on the hunt for Neymar is Spanish club Real Madrid which is looking to boost its ranks by adding the Brazilian into its squad.
One of the latest developments to emerge around this story involves FC Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi. Spanish news outlets have reported that Messi has privately contacted Neymar and talked him to reconsider joining Barcelona instead of joining the club's closest rival, Real Madrid. It is important to note here that Neymar and Messi were two pillars of Barcelona's attacking half.
Some of Barcelona's top people are expected to meet with PSG bosses on Tuesday to discuss the finer details of the possible transfer. Despite no confirmation from either clubs, rumors claim that FC Barcelona is willing to throw Philippe Countinho in order to persuade PSG in pushing through with the deal.
As for the side of Real Madrid, club President Florentino Perez is a noted fan of Neymar. In fact, the president has, on several occasions, tried to sign the Brazilian striker, though unsuccessfully.
Real Madrid has been on the hunt for a number of talents since the start of the transfer season. One of the most prominent negotiations it had made is for Paul Pogba. Unfortunately, the club was not able to match the offer of Manchester United. The club's most prominent acquisition this summer is Eden Hazard, whom the club acquired from Chelsea.
With Messi intervening on this situation, FC Barcelona may be on the favorable side. Before his transfer to PSG, Neymar played alongside Neymar for four seasons. The pair had an excellent run. They played significant roles in the club's rotation, and they were able to win two La Liga titles, a Champions League title, and the Club World Cup.
According to Spanish news outlet Marca, the relations between the Brazilian and Argentine internationals are "excellent," with the latter having "special affinity" towards his teammate.
There is a lot of animosity being thrown towards Neymar from fans of PSG. During the club's match against Nimes, PSG fans held out various banners with hostile messages. They even chanted derogatory terms towards him.