NEYMAR will only be allowed to join Barcelona if Ousmane Dembele is included in the deal, it’s been claimed.
The Brazil international is keen to call it quits in the French capital.
Barca – who only sold him to PSG two years ago – and Real Madrid are actively manoeuvring to sign him.
Relations with Neymar and senior figures at PSG have become increasingly fraught.
Following his arrival at PSG’s pre-season training camp earlier this month, it’s suggested Neymar became embroiled in a very public row with sporting director Leonardo.
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PSG are now keen to get him off the books but they want to drive a hard bargain.
According to Spanish news outlet Diario Madridista, PSG bigwigs have decided Dembele must be included in any deal.
Dembele is close pals with Kylian Mbappe from the France national team set-up.
It’s claimed keeping the young striker happy is a priority following Neymar’s disastrous stint in the city of lights.
PSG desperately want Mbappe to sign fresh terms. And they reckon Dembele’s arrival could give him the impetus to commit.
Dembele has had a challenging Barca career to date.
He was injured just a few weeks after signing for the Catalans and has struggled to live up to his hefty £100m price tag.
Real Madrid have also been linked with Mbappe – and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pobga.
La Liga expert Sid Lowe isn’t convinced either deal is realistic, though.
“Everybody knows, it’s pretty much an open secret now, that he would very much like them to get Mbappe,” he told ESPN.
“I think realism suggests that just doesn’t happen.
“Everybody knows that he would very much like to get Paul Pogba.
“Realism suggests that probably doesn’t happen but maybe is not quite as downright impossible [as Mbappe].
“But of course for Madrid to do that they will need to generate money and they know this is going to be incredibly difficult to do.”