Neymar may ‘already know’ PSG are planning to sign Lionel Messi, claims Barcelona icon Rivaldo following Brazil forward’s claims he wants to be reunited with his former team-mate
- Former Barcelona man Neymar has openly talked up a reunion with Lionel Messi
- Reports suggest Brazilian will refuse to sign a new deal unless Messi joins him
- Rivaldo has suggested Neymar might already be aware of a Messi move to Paris
Former Barcelona and Brazil star Rivaldo has hinted Neymar could know about a prospective move by Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain.
Neymar, who played with Messi at Barcelona from 2013-2017, has talked up a reunion, while fellow Argentine Leandro Paredes stated he would welcome Messi to Paris ‘with open arms’.
Sportsmail revealed on Friday that Neymar would reportedly only sign a new contract at the Parisian giants if Messi were to move.
Rivaldo said Neymar (right) might already know about a move to PSG for Lionel Messi (left)
Messi’s Barcelona side has struggled on the pitch this season and lie seventh in LaLiga
And Rivaldo reckons his compatriot Neymar could be pressuring the French champions to move for Messi and create a sumptuous front three alongside Kylian Mbappe.
He told Betfair: ‘Neymar said he would love to partner with Lionel Messi again and talked up the possibility of that happening next season. They are friends and chat a lot.
‘Knowing about Messi’s contract expiring with Barcelona, I believe that the Brazilian star may press his club to sign him next season – Messi will be free to negotiate with another club from January, so it’s possible that he may move to France.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has not hidden his desire to reunite with Messi
Brazilian international Neymar played alongside Messi at Barcelona for four years 2013-2017
‘Messi seems to be looking for a new adventure in his career and PSG are aware that they won’t need to pay anything to Barcelona to get him.
‘The French club could be preparing a move to sign the Argentinian star to partner with Neymar.’
The 33-year-old’s Barcelona future is far from certain given the turmoil at the club, with the Catalan side languishing seventh in LaLiga and currently without a president after Josep Bartomeu’s resignation.
Messi’s contract expires next summer, meaning foreign clubs like PSG can open negotiations for a free transfer from January, and Rivaldo believes Neymar may already be aware of contract talks.
Barcelona and Brazil icon Rivaldo admitted it would be great to see the pair playing together
He added: ‘It would be great to see them playing together again and I don’t think Neymar’s comments were an accident.
‘Perhaps he already knows PSG are talking with Messi.
‘According to reports, Kylian Mbappe wants to leave PSG for Real Madrid, but with this new chance of playing alongside Messi and Neymar, the…
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