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Neymar's PSG exit 'more advanced than before' as Real Madrid and Barcelona prepare bids

Sporting director Leonardo confirmed that the Brazilian was near the exit door but that PSG were "not yet ready to give its approval"

 Neymar, centre, trains with his Paris Saint-Germain teammates but he looks to be heading for a move back to Spain. EPA
 Neymar, centre, trains with his Paris Saint-Germain teammates but he looks to be heading for a move back to Spain. EPA

Neymar appears to be heading for the Paris Saint-Germain exit after the French champions revealed that talks over a transfer for the Brazilian forward are "more advanced than before".

Sporting director Leonardo confirmed to reporters that the Brazilian was near the exit door but that PSG were "not yet ready to give its approval" ahead of Sunday's opening Ligue 1 match with Nimesat at the Parc des Princes.

Real Madrid or a return to Barcelona are the most likely destinations for the world's most expensive footballer, with Spanish media on Friday saying that Zinedine Zidane's side will battle Barca for the 27-year-old's signature.

Sports newspaper AS claimed Neymar has been offered to Madrid by PSG, who are open to selling if they can either recoup the €222 million (Dh922.3m) they spent on him in 2017 or receive half that amount, with players included in the deal.

Barcelona-based Mundo Deportivo says that he would prefer a move back to Catalonia to play alongside former teammates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Neymar, whose time in France has been marked by injuries and controversies, has made a series of remarks that strained his relationship further with the club and sparked outrage on social media.

Asked by an online sports channel about his best memory in football, the troubled superstar cited Barcelona's incredible 2017 Champions League victory over PSG when he was part of the team that overturned a 4-0 first-leg deficit by winning 6-1 in the second leg of their last-16 tie.

Updated: August 10, 2019 04:45 PM

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