Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has privately urged Neymar to reject Real Madrid and push for a return to the Camp Nou, according to reports in Spain.
Neymar has made it clear that he wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain, before the end of the transfer window.
And the Ligue 1 champions are now open to allowing the Brazilian forward leave.
Barcelona’s hierarchy are set to meet with PSG chiefs on Tuesday to discuss Neymar’s transfer and are willing to offer Philippe Coutinho as part of the deal.
Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, is also a huge fan of Neymar and has tried unsuccessfully to sign the 27-year-old on many occasions in the past.
Messi has now intervened by calling Neymar, to advise him against a move to Madrid.
Neymar spent four seasons alongside Messi at Barcelona and the pair won two La Liga titles, the Champions League and the Club World Cup.
Real Madrid Expect To Sign Neymar After Offering £110million, Modric
Real Madrid are confident of signing Neymar Jr, after offering Paris Saint-Germain £110million plus Luka Modric, according to Sport.
Barcelona are interested in resigning Neymar, but Real are eager to bring him in as a belated replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus last year.
Real are looking to get the signing of Neymar over the line, before the Spanish transfer window shuts on September 2.
Modric won the Ballon d’Or last year and has helped Real to win the Champions League four times, but could leave as part of the deal.
Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona in 2017 for £198million, which still remains a world-record transfer fee.
The Brazil forward has an impressive goal record for PSG, having scored 51 times in 58 games, in addition to providing 29 assists.
He has also won the Ligue 1 title in both of his seasons at the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo Sells His Mansion To Pepe
Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has taken a £1.25million loss selling his mansion in Portugal to teammate, Pepe.
Hidden away by vast woodland and situated in Geres, the mansion, which includes a landing pad for a helicopter, was purchased for close to £3.5m seven years ago.
It boasts an area of around 800 square meters and includes a stunning view of the picturesque Cavado River.
According to Corriero da Manha, the deal between Ronaldo and Pepe was said to have been agreed while the national team was playing at the inaugural UEFA Nations League title.
Pepe, who played alongside Ronaldo at Real Madrid, is now back in his home country with Porto, after leaving Turkish side Besiktas.
Neymar Tipped To Replace Messi At Barcelona
Former Lyon star, Edmilson, has said Neymar can replace Lionel Messi as the undisputed star at Barcelona, if the Brazilian focuses on his game.
Speaking to Goal, Edmilson shared his thoughts on the world’s most expensive player.
“Barca will be thinking about Messi’s retirement. He still has a few years left in him, but in three, four or five years, I think Neymar could very well take the place of Messi.
“Neymar is a great player, but he has to have a good mindset to play his football.
“He has had two average seasons combined with injuries and did not have a great World Cup.
“PSG did win the league but ultimately these are not Neymar’s best years,” he said.
Neymar has been heavily linked with a return to his old club, but Edmilson believes the forward has to knuckle down if he is to secure a move back to Camp Nou.
“Barca have a host of great players and they will have to decide who plays if they want to bring him back. They have brought in Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele is still there and so is Philippe Coutinho.
“There are many attacking players in the middle as well such as Ivan Rakitic, Arthur and Sergio Busquets.
“He started well at PSG, he was fine. He was well surrounded with his dad. But after that, I do not know what happened…
“I think Neymar has a place everywhere. The fans are happy when he his playing well and scoring goals but the truth is that he is not always there.
He remains a great player and we will need to see where he feels is best to continue to flourish because today Ney has lost a little bit of edge since Barca,” Edmilson said.