Paris Saint-Germain want to sign Brazilian superstar Neymar.
That is according to L’Equipe, who believe PSG have made the Barcelona forward their number one transfer target.
The Parisians have been forced to switch their sights after Real Madrid’s transfer ban ended any chance of a move for Cristiano Ronaldo.
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L’Equipe, France’s biggest sports newspaper, included a picture of Neymar on its front page on Friday along with the message: “Paris searches for its star”.
The Brazil captain has seen his stock rocket since signing for Barcelona in 2013 and came third at Monday’s Ballon d’Or ceremony.
PSG would almost certainly be required to surpass Madrid’s world-record £86 million fee they paid for Gareth Bale in 2013 if they wish to acquire Neymar.
According to the Telegraph, he has a release clause of £140m.
PSG’s reported interested in the 23-year-old comes one day after captain Thiago Silva revealed his side has more chance of signing Lionel Messi than Neymar.
“I like Neymar a lot, but I think Barcelona will not allow him to leave,” Silva told France 3 on Thursday, reported ESPN FC.
“It would perhaps be easier for Barcelona to let go of Messi. Could Messi come to PSG? Perhaps… I mean, why not? Everything is possible.”
Neymar has been tipped as a future Ballon d’Or winner after emerging as a world-class player during Barcelona’s treble-winning 2014-15 campaign.
He has scored 18 goals this season and is part of Barcelona’s acclaimed ‘MSN’ strike force - an acronym of Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
Despite the wealth of their owners, PSG’s bid to join Barcelona, Madrid and Bayern Munich in the upper echelons of Europe’s football giants has been a slow process.
Signing Neymar would certainly put them on the right path.