PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN have confirmed that Barcelona have made contact over the sensational return of Neymar.
The £198million Brazilian, who is set to be punished by PSG after not turning up for pre-season training, will be allowed to leave the French capital this summer.
Neymar's dad claims the club knew his son would not be back in time but, regardless, the forward's departure has been given the green light by sporting director Leonardo.
In a bombshell interview, Leonardo told Le Parisien: "Neymar can leave PSG if there is an offer that suits everyone."
Asked explicitly if there had been contact with Barcelona, former AC Milan star Leonardo replied: "Yes."
And quizzed on whether Neymar – who has vowed to "go to war" with PSG over leaving – had expressed his desire to go, Leonardo said: "It's clear to everyone. But in football, you say one thing today and tomorrow another. It's amazing but it's like that.
"We talked with his entourage too. Everyone knows everything. The position is clear for all participants.
"But one thing is concrete today, he still has three years of contract with us."
He added: "They [Barcelona] said they wanted to buy but we were not sellers.
'IF THERE IS AN OFFER HE CAN GO'
"He [Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of Barcelona] is the one saying it. But we did not see that Barcelona was really in a buyer position.
"You have to talk and negotiate.
"To date, we do not know if anyone wants to buy or at what price. All this is not done in a day, that's for sure.
"PSG wants to rely on players who want to stay and build something big. We do not need players who would do a favour at the club by staying here.
"For a club to move forward it must have control over everything, including on its most important players."
Although Barca look destined to sign Neymar, Arsenal fans have joked their skint club should put in a bid – and then spend the next thousand years paying off the transfer fee.
Fans on Reddit felt there was an opportunity for the Gunners to make hay – on one condition.
One poster wrote: "PSG, can we interest you in €222 million over the next 100 years?"
The buy-now-pay-later idea was met with some suspicion.
One commenter laughed: "More like in 1000 years."
Another said: "To be fair the £20m backhander we'd have to give his dad would be a lot more subtle paid over a decade or two."
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