Barcelona will reportedly continue Neymar pursuit to prevent Messi from leaving
- Not-so-reliable El Confidencial claim that Barcelona fear that Messi could leave for free already in 2020.
- In order to keep their marksman happy, the club would have to reignite their interest in the Brazilian.
- Barca hope that Messi would be 'tempted' by Neymar's potential return which would make him stay beyond the current campaign, the source concludes.
El Confidencial's most recent report provides a crucial update on Neymar potential return to the Camp Nou stadium.
The report says that Barcelona will reignite their interest in the Brazilian in order to prevent Leo Messi from leaving the club in summer. Several sources indicate that the Argentine has a clause in his deal which would allow him to leave for free already in 2020.
El Confidencial add that there is no secret that Messi wants Neymar's return which is why Barca's board would have to grant him this wish in order to 'keep their marksman happy'.
Barcelona reportedly believe that 'tempting his former club teammate Neymar to return would ensure Messi stays', the report concludes.
We should mention that El Confidencial isn't the best source when it comes to Barcelona's transfer news. There is a huge possibility that this is just a made-up story.
Still, there have been talks that Messi was behind Barcelona's failed pursuit to bring Neymar back last summer. It was confirmed on Wednesday by Barca's former vice-president Jordi Mestre.
He told Radio Marca: "Messi directly asked [Josep Maria] Bartomeu for the return of Neymar, but he didn't put pressure on him."
Neymar's transfer saga was dragging on during the whole summer. Eventually, the Brazilian was forced to stay at Paris Saint-Germain as neither Barcelona nor Real Madrid had enough funds to meet his club's transfer demands. According to the rumours, PSG wanted €200-300m for him.