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Neymar: Barcelona and PSG meet as Brazilian star gets set to move

Neymar: Barcelona and PSG meet as Brazilian star gets set to move

Neymar: Barcelona and PSG meet as Brazilian star gets set to move

Officials from Barcelona and PSG met in Paris on Tuesday to discuss a possible deal for Neymar to return to the Spanish champions.

According to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Guillem Balague, both clubs say the talks were “positive” but there is “still lots of work to do”.

Brazil forward Neymar, 27, joined PSG from Barcelona in 2017 for a world record fee of 222m euros (£200m).

Barca are offering 170m euros (£153m) for his return to the Nou Camp.

They might also offer players as negotiations continue, with Neymar said to be pushing for the deal to go through.

His entourage are said to be “optimistic”.

Following the meeting, Barca board member Javier Bordas told reporters a deal was “closer” but negotiations were continuing.

Pique messaging Neymar

Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates from the Nou Camp
Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates from the Nou Camp

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique contacted Neymar last night amid talk the Brazilian could return to the Nou Camp.

Pique has been competing at the PokerStars event in Barcelona and just 24 hours after helping his side to a 5-2 win over Real Betis, he scooped second place in a £22,555 (€25,000) buy-in event to take home a healthy sum of £318,364 (€352,950).

The former Manchester United centre-back has previously attended the event along with ex-team-mate Neymar.

But with the Brazilian attempting to force his way out of Paris Saint-Germain he was absent on this occasion.

“We have spoken yeah,” the 32-year-old added when asked if they also discussed Neymar’s potential transfer. “But obviously it is a private conversation.”

Neymar deal could happen today!

Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates from the Nou Camp
Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates from the Nou Camp

Barcelona could wrap up a deal for Neymar today.

That’s the incredible claim from Goal, who report that Barcelona are confident of getting a deal over the line after face-to-face talks in Paris earlier this afternoon.

Goal claim the involvement of Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau was pivotal in discussions and the presence of the money man will likely see a deal ‘wrapped up swiftly.’

Goal also say that Neymar pleaded with PSG sporting director Leonardo on Monday to allow him to re-join the Catalan side.

PSG asked for £90million plus full-back Nelson Semedo – although the Spanish champions aren’t prepared to lose any of their current squad.

And It’s not thought the difference of opinion regarding payment will prevent the deal from being completed.

Neymar’s father

Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates from the Nou Camp
Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates from the Nou Camp

Barcelona have held talks with Neymar’s father.

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Barcelona have sent a delegation including technical manager Eric Abidal to France for talks with Paris Saint-Germain over a deal for Neymar.

That’s the claim from Spanish TV programme Jugones, who claim Barcelona representatives stopped to speak with him before their showdown talks in Paris.

Spanish newspaper AS claim the meeting with Neymar’s dad will ‘move the player closer still to a return to Camp Nou’.

Barcelona have offered £153million for the 27-year-old – paid in two instalments and PSG are expected to respond in the next 24 hours.

Latest Neymar proposal

Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates from the Nou Camp
Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates from the Nou Camp

Barcelona have submitted a fresh offer for Neymar.

That’s according to French newspaper Le Parisien, who claim Barcelona have offered a package worth £153million for the Brazilian forward.

The offer was put forward during a meeting between the two parties in Paris earlier this afternoon with agent Pini Zahavi and Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal in attendance.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi did NOT attend the meeting – leaving sporting director Leonardo to lead negotiations for the French champions.

Barcelona have proposed to pay the £153m fee in two instalments over two years – and PSG will give their answer in the next 24 hours.

BBC x EXPRESS UK

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