BARCELONA hope to persuade Paris Saint-Germain to loan them Neymar before completing a permanent move next summer, according to reports.
The Brazilian is angling for a return to his former club – although Real Madrid are also interested – as he bids to quit the French capital.
And the Independent is claiming that the Nou Camp chiefs want to secure a short-term deal for the 27-year-old as they are short of funds in the current window.
All parties are keen to secure a resolution and a loan could give Barca the time to get their house in order while allowing PSG to move on.
Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic and Ousmane Dembele have all been mentioned as potential makeweights in a complicated deal.
And with time running out before the September 2 deadline, there will need to be movement soon to get a switch over the line.
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Meanwhile, Los Blancos have upped the ante in their pursuit of Neymar – after offering Isco, Raphael Varane and Marcelo to Paris Saint-Germain as part of a swap deal.
Zinedine Zidane is willing to part with some of his own stars in order to land the wantaway Brazilian.
The update would be good news for Manchester United, with Real willing to end their chase of Paul Pogba should they land Neymar as part of their monster summer spree.