Neymar’s former agent Wagner Ribeiro has revealed he met Real Madrid president Florentino Perez on several occasions last year to discuss a potential move.
The Brazilian came close to returning to Barcelona last summer, two years after joining PSG in a world record £200million move.
But his former representative has now claimed he could have joined Barca’s arch-rivals, Madrid, if the club had got their way.
Ribeiro told Mundo Deportivo:
‘I went to Madrid several times, because Florentino had the dream of taking Neymar,’ he told ESPN.
‘Last year I was with him, in May, in his office, and he even told me that he maintains the dream of signing Neymar.’
PSG held firm and refused to sell Neymar, who still has two years remaining on the five-year contract he signed upon joining the club.
But his future at the club remains uncertain, with Barcelona’s former vice-president, Emil Rousaud, revealing he could still return to the Nou Camp.
I think it’s possible that Neymar could return in the summer. It does not seem to me an impossibility at all,’ Rousaud said to ESPN Desportes.
‘I have a feeling that the [coronavirus] pandemic will lead to some deflation in player prices, which is good for buyers but bad for sellers. We will have to see how all these factors are rebalanced.’
Neymar’s apparent desire to return to his former club has reportedly been helped by the endorsement of Barca’s talisman, Lionel Messi.
The Argentine is said to prefer the club to sign Neymar this summer rather than pursue a move for Inter striker Lautaro Martinez.