As per a report from Mohamed Bouhafsi of RMC Sport, Spanish giants Barcelona have stepped up their attempts to bring Neymar back to the club, with Philippe Coutinho engaged in talks with PSG over moving in the opposite direction.
The story surrounding the future of Brazilian superstar Neymar has dominated the European headlines for months now.
Neymar of course departed Barcelona for Ligue 1 giants PSG two summers ago, for a world-record 222 million euro fee.
To this point, however, the 27-year-old’s stint in France has proven somewhat underwhelming.
All told, Neymar has directly contributed to a frankly-staggering 80 goals across 58 appearances in PSG’s colours.
However, while the Santos youth product has absolutely dazzled when fit and firing at the Parc des Princes, a pair of long-term injury problems have seen the 27-year-old confined to the sidelines when PSG have needed him most in each of his two seasons in Paris.
This, coupled with rumours of mounting tension between Neymar and the French champions’ board, has seen speculation mount that the South American could be on the move this summer.
Coutinho swap talks underway
To this point, meanwhile, the attacker’s former club, Barcelona, have been the outfit most persistently-touted as a potential destination.
Despite having already added Antoine Griezmann to their star-studded attack this summer, the Blaugrana are said to be eyeing one more signing up top.
And, as per the aforementioned update courtesy of RMC Sport’s Mohamed Bouhafsi this evening, the La Liga heavyweights are making progress towards coaxing PSG into the sale of their star man.
Negotiations are said to be well underway between the two clubs, with the French outfit having reportedly warmed to the idea of taking Philippe Coutinho in part-exchange for Neymar.
As such, the former Liverpool standout has entered into discussions with PSG regarding the possibility of making the move to the Parc des Princes.
Major developments are therefore expected this coming week, with Barca ready to offer up Coutinho and a significant cash sum.
Breaking | Barcelona have accelerated talks to sign Neymar with PSG this week, Les Parisiens now accept the inclusion of a player in exchange & are in talks with Philippe Coutinho, according to RMC.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 11, 2019
‘Son of a bitch’
In other Neymar-related news this evening, meanwhile, sections of PSG’s fanbase have made crystal clear their feelings regarding the 27-year-old’s place at the club.
Ahead of their side’s Ligue 1 meeting with Nimes, the Parisians’ faithful held up banners, urging Neymar to move on:
PSG fans tell Neymar exactly what Barca fans told him 2 years ago.. to basically piss off 😂 pic.twitter.com/0PLMn95Y2N
— M•A•J (@Ultra_Suristic) August 11, 2019
This was since followed by a number of ugly chants, one of which is showcased below:
PSG fans chant “Neymar, you son of a bitch” 👀 pic.twitter.com/eoHb3VhGWf
— Transfer News (@TrustyTransfers) August 11, 2019