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Iniesta and Neymar.

Andres Iniesta has given his opinion on Neymar's potential move to Real Madrid

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The list of players to have played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid is rather impressive.

Luis Figo, Ronaldo, Gheorghe Hagi, Samuel Eto’o and Michael Laudrup have all worn the blue and red of Barcelona and the white of Real Madrid.

And they could be joined by another huge name in the near future: Neymar.

There are widespread reports that the Brazilian is unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain and is eyeing a move back to Spain.

According to Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte, Neymar and his agent met last week to look over a contract offer that has been submitted by Real Madrid.

The move could happen as early as this summer, meaning Neymar’s PSG stint would be over after just a year.

As for the cost of the deal, Los Blancos would surely have to surpass the world-record £198 million fee that the French club paid Barcelona for Neymar last August.

Neymar to Madrid would be hugely controversial

It would be a move that would go down terribly in Barcelona and their supporters. These are the same fans who threw a pig’s head at Figo when he crossed the Barcelona-Madrid divide in 2000.

Neymar wouldn’t be making the exact same jump, of course, but Barcelona supporters would still offer him no forgiveness.

The 26-year-old still gets on with his former teammates - he’s been snapped back at Barcelona’s training ground this season - but it would be interesting to know how they felt if the forward did sign for Madrid.

Andres Iniesta has offered an insight by insisting he would be surprised about the transfer - but he believes Barcelona would still have the stronger squad if their rivals sign Neymar.

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Iniesta reacts to the Neymar rumours

"Normally, when you leave somewhere it's difficult to go back,” Iniesta told ‘El Larguero’ radio show, per Sport. “For that reason, it would surprise me more if he returned rather than going to another team, but we will see.

"If they sign him, Madrid would land one of the best in the world. But we would still have a squad which I consider better."  

You’ve got to appreciate that mentality. Iniesta is confident that, with the signings of Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho this season, the Blaugrana needn’t worry about Real Madrid signing perhaps the best player in the world after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real’s decision to pursue Neymar could be a direct result of their form in La Liga. Zinedine Zidane’s side are 15 points behind Barça - the defence of their title has been miserable.

Neymar, who has entered his peak years, would go some way to closing any gap between the two clubs.

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Lionel Messi
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Paris Saint-Germain
Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho
Neymar
Real Madrid
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Andres Iniesta

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