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Neymar to Real Madrid: Guillem Balague makes huge £355m transfer claim

10 March 2018

Ernesto Valverde says he does not know anything about reports Neymar could return to Barcelona.

Neymar, 26, joined the Ligue 1 leaders in August a year ago in a record-breaking €222m (R3.23b) transfer from FC Barcelona, but after just a few months in the French capital, the Brazil superstar is ready to return to Spain.

He has now decided that a move back to Spain is what he wants and has made his former club aware of his interest in a possible return, according to reports in Spain.

The article adds Neymar has explained he made a mistake in leaving the club, was wrong to want independence from Lionel Messi and has been disappointed by the standard of opposition in Ligue 1.

"It seems like a fantasy to me", Valverde said when asked about the chance Neymar could return.

"We're going to hear in the next few months, even next season, indicating Neymar wants to leave PSG, from different angles", Balague told Sky Sports.

Moreover, he got in touch with his former club just before PSG were knocked out of the Champions league by Real Madrid. While Barcelona's Valverde was hesitant to comment on the reports, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane said he believed a hypothetical €400m transfer was not out of the question. "When [Real Madrid] bought me they paid €72m [a record in 2000], or I do not know how much, and I thought it was insane. It may well be that in the next 10 years someone will pay €400m, or sooner, I do not know".

As the Parisians lost 5-2 to Real Madrid on aggregate to exit the Champions League at the last-16 stage, their star man's future may be thrown into question with stories continuing to suggest Neymar could make a sensational switch to Real Madrid.

To add a further twist to this tale, the unhappy the Brazil global reportedly favours a return to Barcelona - who he spent four seasons at before joining PSG last summer - but either way, he will still be at the Ligue 1 club next season, according to Balague.

Neymar to Real Madrid: Guillem Balague makes huge £355m transfer claim