Neymar ‘closing in on Barcelona return’

Neymar is closing in on a sensational return to Barcelona with Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti set to be used as makeweight for the Brazilian star.

Recent reports in France have claimed the 27-year-old sees his future elsewhere and that PSG will let him leave providing a suitable offer is received.

According to Globe Sports, Barcelona have held talks with high-ranking officials at PSG and are confident of striking a deal for Neymar to return this summer.

They also claim that PSG have requested a player-plus-cash deal and set a fee in the region of Sh1.2billion (£90million)

The players that will be included in the deal are yet to be decided, but Dembele, Rakitic and Umtiti have all been mentioned as strong possibilities.

Neymar, who is currently out injured after damaging the ligaments in his ankle earlier this month, only left Barcelona for PSG in 2017 in a world-record £198m deal.

He has a contract at PSG until 2022 but appears to be on the brink of leaving.

Despite his decision to quit Barcelona two years ago, it is understood that a significant number of people inside the club would like to have him back.

Real Madrid had also expressed an interest in Neymar but now seem set to miss out on his signature to their arch-rivals.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi hit out at the forward on Monday amid uncertainty around his future.

‘I want players willing to give everything to defend the honour of the jersey and to join the club project,’ he said in an interview with France Football.

‘Those who do not want, or do not understand, we see each other and we talk to each other.

‘There are of course contracts to be respected, but the priority now is total membership of our project.

‘Nobody forced him to sign here. Nobody pushed him. He came knowingly to join a project.’

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