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Barcelona legend hails Neymar, but says signing him would be difficult

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi has claimed that if the Catalans succeed in signing Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar this summer, it would be an incredible move.

Neymar left Barcelona for Paris in 2017 for a record fee. However, he has not enjoyed life with the Ligue 1 champions and is reportedly looking for a return to Barcelona.

The Brazilian failed to show up for pre-season training with PSG earlier this week. As a result, sporting director Leonardo claimed that the Brazilian will be sold if teams are willing to meet his valuation.

Neymar keen on Barcelona return

However, Leonardo also claimed that he has received no offers as yet, despite Barcelona stating that they were close to completing a move for the volatile attacker.

Neymar would be a fantastic addition to Barcelona, easing the burden on Lionel Messi. However, the Catalans would need to offload some of the players they have in their ranks, including the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho to make room for Neymar.

Xavi fully behind Barcelona’s pursuit of PSG star

Club legend Xavi recently weighed in with his two cents on the matter. The Spaniard stated that while Neymar would be an incredible signing, it would be quite difficult to complete a deal with PSG.

“He would be an incredible signing. But I see it as being difficult, honestly. I think it’s very difficult.

“We have seen so many things that I thought I’d never see though, such as PSG paying €222 million, so we’ll have to wait.

“There’s no doubt that he’s one of the best players in the world, but let’s see what Barcelona do.”

Barcelona are also close to completing a move for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann, who Xavi believes is a fantastic player.

“He’s a great player, a world star. He made a difference with Atletico Madrid and with France. He’s an extraordinary player.”