Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Coutinho backs Neymar to return to Barcelona

Coutinho backs Neymar to return to Barcelona

Paris St Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has flown to Brazil for talks with Neymar over his future, according to reports.

PSG's defensive weaknesses were there for all to see after they lost 5-2 on aggregate to Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16, and although first-choice keeper Alphonse Areola has kept 15 clean sheets in 27 Ligue 1 appearances this season it is said they want to upgrade that position by landing De Gea.

Coutinho, though, seems to be very open to his Brazil teammate engineering a return to Nou Camp.

A figure in the region of £350million has circulated regarding the potential fee PSG would demand if Neymar were to leave.

"It seems like a fantasy to me", the coach said after being quizzed on the subject.

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Opting for the surgery on the basis that it would allow him to partake in Brazil's World Cup campaign without hindrance, reports in Spain's Sport are now suggesting that the Brazilian will not play for PSG again.

"It seemed insane to me and 10 years later they are paying 220 million".

Selling Gareth Bale could go some way toward helping finance Real's move for Neymar, while Mario Cortegana of AS wrote that the sales of players like Isco, Karim Benzema and Keylor Navas could help make up half the €400 million that could be needed to sign the 26-year-old.

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have already made their interest known whereas the two Premier League giants are the latest to enter the ring.

Barcelona is still embroiled in a financial dispute over a bonus due to Neymar last summer, which the club cancelled when it became clear he was moving to PSG.

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