With Neymar desperate to leave Paris Saint-Germain, a shocking new report has suggested that FC Barcelona's interest in bringing to Brazilian back to the Camp Nou is being faked to appease superstar Lionel Messi.
The 27-year-old has been tipped to rejoin the Catalans in this window after he reportedly made it clear to PSG that he wants to return to Spain.
While Real Madrid have also been spoken of as a potential destination for the Selecao talisman, Barca are considered favourites to land his signature.
According to French publication Le Parisien, however, the Blaugrana's pursuit of the Brazil international is not as genuine as it may seem.
It has been claimed that Barca are faking their interest in Neymar to keep Messi happy, after the Argentine reportedly became annoyed that the club prioritised signing Antoine Griezmann instead of his former colleague.
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The 32-year-old club captain is said to be advocating strongly for his ex-teammate to be brought back to the Camp Nou, despite it appearing that Barca do not have the financial means to make it happen.
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