Barcelona chief Joan Laporta’s stance on Neymar transfer after ‘PSG talks halted’

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Barcelona president Joan Laporta is open to re-signing Neymar in this summer’s transfer window, according to reports. The Brazil international has reportedly halted contract talks with PSG. And he’s eager to return to the Nou Camp in order to play alongside Lionel Messi again.

Barcelona signed Neymar from Santos back in the summer transfer window of 2013.

And the Brazil international was a good asset for the club, firing them to two La Liga titles and the Champions League crown during that time.

However, Neymar quit Barcelona back in 2017 after being seduced by PSG.

He’s continued to impress over at the Parc des Princes, propelling the club to three Ligue 1 titles on the spin, yet has failed to win the Champions League.

Diari ARA claim that Neymar is now eager to return to Barcelona to play alongside Messi.

And, what’s more, Laporta hasn’t ruled out bringing the 29-year-old to Catalonia when the transfer window reopens this summer.

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Though Barcelona have been financially impacted by the coronavirus crisis, they’re on the lookout for a marquee signing to mark Laporta’s second stint as president.

Erling Haaland appears to be their preferred target, with the Borussia Dortmund star’s agent Mino Raiola recently jetting out for talks over a potential deal.

Romelu Lukaku is also of interest amid his impressive form for Inter Milan.

And Barcelona are keen on Memphis Depay, too, with the former Manchester United star shining for Lyon in Ligue 1.

Now Neymar seemingly wants to return, however, it will be interesting to see whether Barcelona go all-out for his signature come the end of the campaign.

He wants to play alongside Messi again, believing the Argentina international will stay at the Nou Camp despite being linked with a move away.

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And Messi has already admitted he’d love to see Neymar come back.

“Neymar is one of the best in the world and I’d love him to come back,” he said last year in an interview with Mundo Deportivo.

“He is a very happy person who is always smiling and enjoys himself on and off the pitch. He gave all the players a lift.

“It’s normal for the fans to feel [resentment about his possible return] because of the way he left, and that also bothered me at the time because we tried to do everything possible to try to convince him not to do it.

“At the end of the day, we all want to win. We all want to have the best and that goes for the fans, who want to see good football and success.

“I think Neymar really wants to come back.

“He’s sorry about what he did and last year he tried hard to come back. I think that [apologising] would be the first step he would take to try to make it happen.”

Meanwhile, Pablo Zabaleta recently called on Messi to join Manchester City if he wishes to leave Barcelona this summer.

Zabaleta said: “If Lionel Messi ­decides to leave Barcelona and he wants to play in the best league then he has to experience the Premier League for himself.

“It is something that will ­interest him – because every player I know always asks me what the Premier League is like.

“Leo has been in La Liga for so many years and I think it would be a huge ­attraction for him to experience English football.

“And Manchester City offer the ­perfect conditions.

“He knows Pep very well, he knows [sporting director] Txiki Begiristain and [chief executive] Ferran Soriano – and also Kun Aguero.

“It would be a big ­decision if Leo leaves ­Barcelona. But if that’s what he wants then it would be a good thing for him to go to a club that has people already there who can help him to settle.

“When you have been at one club for so long, moving ­somewhere new can be very strange.

“I am sure clubs like ­Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus would also be ­interested in signing him, but it is my opinion that City would be the best place to go after Barcelona.”

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