Juventus have joined the race to sign Neymar — Globoesporte

Neymar's status at PSG is uncertain

Neymar has been left out of the Paris St-Germain squad for the second week in succession as speculation continues about his future.

"I can't answer this, you will have to ask Neymar [whether he will leave]", he added.

However, he is still being linked with a move to Barcelona and Real Madrid.

"He is sensitive, so I will always protect him".

In an interview with AS, Teixeira explained that he prevented the deal from happening after Neymar had undergone a successful trial in Spain. A figure of €100 million plus players was being talked about last week.

"My whole board of directors told me I was out of my mind, but we all knew Neymar was something special".

"Keeping him was essential to Santos, and to what the side went on to achieve with him at the centre of it".

Messi and Neymar developed a strong friendship during their four years together at the Nou Camp and it would seem both are keen on a reunion. Barça can only offer a loan deal with an option to buy which is a long way off what PSG initially demanded. The move was supposed to draw him out of the apparent shadows of Lionel Messi and make a Ballon d'Or candidate.

"Neymar is one of the best players in the world", said Teixeira. The former Santos president, however, stopped short of stating where he would like his once Santos star to play next.

Having already signed both Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong in expensive deals, Barcelona simply can not afford to meet PSG's demands, even after the Coutinho deal.

It had been suggested that the La Liga heavyweights would look to include a player in the deal, but this offer would be only cash. "I say it in the past tense because he has spat on the shirt and on those people who spend a good part of their salary on the season tickets that pay his wages". But for now, a loan agreement looks likely.



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