NEYMAR will NOT be betraying Barcelona if he seals a transfer to join rivals Real Madrid this summer despite fan fury, according to Brazil legend Rivaldo.
Zinedine Zidane is thought to have upped the ante in his pursuit of the Paris Saint-Germain star by offering up Isco, Marcelo, and Raphael Varane as part of a swap deal.
Los Blancos are willing to pay Neymar £700,000-a-week in order to secure his signature as the Brazilian bids to quit the French capital.
And Barcelona icon Rivaldo has surprisingly revealed that he wouldn’t be against the 27-year-old plying his trade in the heart of Spain next season.
“There have been many rumours about which of the clubs negotiating for Neymar – Real Madrid and Barcelona – needs him most now,” He told Betfair.
“But Neymar is such a talented player that any team in the world would benefit from having him in their side.
“Of course, I would prefer to see him back to Barcelona but if he ends up at Real Madrid it will also be a big move for him.
“For now, what is isplayer’s desire to leave PSG.
“With two big Spanish clubs competing for him, he should be even more eager to fly away from Paris.
If Zinedine Zidane signs Neymar for Real Madrid, I won’t see it as a betrayal. Of course, I would prefer to see him back to Barcelona.
“If Zinedine Zidane signs Neymar for Real Madrid, I won’t see it as a betrayal.
“Neymar left Barcelona to sign for PSG and now could fly to Madrid, so it’s not the same as if he had left Barca for Madrid.
“He must also be professional, but I bet that if he has the chance to get back to a place where he was happy before, and where he knows most of the players, he would love to return to Barcelona.
“But that depends on the offer Barcelona could make for him.
“PSG won’t accept a lesser offer from Barca just because Neymar prefers to go there.
“They don’t want to lose money and will obviously accept the best offer available.”
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The former Santos star spent four seasons at Barcelona before leaving the Nou Camp in a world record £198million deal, with Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic and Ousmane Dembele all been mentioned as potential makeweights in a deal.
Neymar has a £198m release clause in his PSG contract, meaning he could return to his former club for the exact fee he left for two years ago.
Meanwhile, PSG have stopped selling the forward’s shirts in the club shop as they prepare for life without him, according to reports.
Rivaldo was speaking following the launch of the new Betfair Exchange Campaign. For more from Betfair Ambassador Rivaldo head to https://betting.betfair.com/football/rivaldo/