Neymar’s potential shock move back to Barcelona ‘moves closer after secret meeting in Brazil’

Neymar’s return to Barcelona ‘moves closer after secret meeting in Brazil’ during winter break

  • Neymar left Barcelona in 2017 to join PSG for world-record fee of £198million 
  • Brazilian forward has continually been linked with move away from Paris 
  • Catalan club are eager to re-sign Neymar and he is still well liked there 
  • A club representative has met with his father to discuss possible return 

Will Griffee For Mailonline

Barcelona are taking steps towards luring Neymar back to the Nou Camp in a shock return from PSG. 

The Brazilian left the Catalan club to join the Parisians back in 2017 for the staggering world-record fee of £198million. 

But his father met with Barcelona representative Andre Cury in Brazil over the winter break to discuss a potential move, according to Catalunya Radio.

Meetings have taken place between Neymar's father and Barcelona representatives

Meetings have taken place between Neymar’s father and Barcelona representatives

This is not the first time these preliminary discussions have taken place and Neymar’s father also sat down with Cury in London last November. 

Cury is a respected intermediary and was integral to Neymar’s move from Santos to Barcelona back in 2013. 

Catalunya Radio also report that Israeli agent Pini Zahavi was present for the meetings. 

Zahavi assisted in arranging the world-record move from Barcelona and was in the room with Alvaro Costa, who’s father Pepe is Barcelona’s liaison officer.   

Neymar Santos Sr (left) is his son's agent and orchestrated the transfer to PSG in 2017

Neymar Santos Sr (left) is his son’s agent and orchestrated the transfer to PSG in 2017

The Brazilian striker has helped PSG to the summit of Ligue 1 this season in France

The Brazilian striker has helped PSG to the summit of Ligue 1 this season in France

NEYMAR’S 2018-19 STATS:  

Appearances – 19  

Goals – 17

Assists – 8

Penalties – 4

Fouls suffered – 76 

Neymar has formed part of the lethal attacking triumvirate with Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe for PSG but his stay in the French capital has often been called into question.  

He is still well liked by Lionel Messi and those within the Barcelona dressing room and would be welcomed back by Ernesto Valverde, who has led the club to the summit of La Liga and into the Champions League knockout stages. 

No doubt PSG would be desperate to hold onto Neymar but the Ligue 1 leaders are currently being investigated by UEFA over their transfer dealings in relation to Financial Fair Play. 

It has been suggested that they could sell Neymar or Mbappe to avoid any sanctions but those claims have been roundly denied by the club.  

The 26-year-old is still well liked in the Barcelona dressing room and could yet return

The 26-year-old is still well liked in the Barcelona dressing room and could yet return



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