Messi pushes for Neymar return to Barca - top-tier source
- The Argentinian is the main figure in the "operation Neymar", Graham Hunter tells.
- Leo desperately wishes to see the Brazilian back in the team.
- Messi has an enormous influence on such big transfer moves as this one.
- Hunter supposes that PSG will go for Coutinho as a player for an exchange.
"Messi is a central player in all of this. Messi is not a stroppy player - people have portrayed him as such falsely. But when he sneezes, Barcelona catches a cold," tells Graham during the Transfer Talk podcast.
Graham notes that Leo indeed needs Neymar next season and wishes to see him as part of Barcelona's 2019/20 squad.
"Whether Messi is saying 'get me Neymar' or whether he's whispering 'before we sit down to negotiate, I want the front line reinforced with Neymar', the fact is: Messi wants Neymar back.
"He, [Luis] Suarez and Neymar - even though they're different characters - are very friendly. Messi found a partner that understood him technically, who served him and who created masses of space. The last time Barcelona won the treble, they had that 'MSN' upfront.
"[Philippe] Coutinho is somebody I'm informed PSG do want. They are playing hard to get, but they do want Coutinho.
PSG have excluded Neymar from their 2nd pre-season friendly as the player is slowly moving towards his Barcelona return.