Neymar returned to Barcelona to celebrate his son’s birthday, and met up with his old teammates for the first time since his world-record move to PSG.
The Brazilian – who is being sued by his former club – signed for PSG when the French giants sensationally paid out his £198 million release clause.
Neymar was joined by the likes of Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic to celebrate his son’s birthday on Tuesday.
Neymar and Pique even replicated the pose from the infamous ‘he stays’ post, with the Brazilian accompanying those two words with a tears of joy emoji.
Barcelona could move for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita if the club are unable to agree a deal to sign Nice’s Jean Michael Seri.
While the Ivorian is top of Barca’s midfield wanted list, Blaugrana sporting director Robert Fernandez is finding it difficult to push through transfers for top summers targets that also include Ousmane Dembele and of course Philippe Coutinho.
The fact that Keita is a new man on Barcelona’s radar gives an indication of the struggles they have had in recent weeks in the transfer market.
Indeed, the Guinea international has been linked with Liverpool all summer long – but it now looks like Jurgen Klopp has shelled his interest in the 22-year-old.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca representatives watched Keita as his team went down 2-0 against Schalke in the Bundesliga last weekend.
Barcelona club legend Lionel Messi will not be rushed into signing the contract renewal he agreed at the Catalan club last month.
Blaugrana were concerned that Messi’s existing deal was due to expire in the summer of 2018 and the Argentine accepted a new three-year extension (until 2021), worth £500,000-a-week, made by the club’s hierarchy on July 5.
While Barcelona announced the news their maestro was staying via social media, the 30-year-old has not yet actually signed on the dotted line.
According to Marca, Messi won’t be hurried into officially signing those bumper new terms just yet – and is waiting to see what further business his club conduct in the transfer market.
Indeed, the Spanish giants are inching ever closer to deals for both Ousmane Dembele and Jean Michael Seri while a significant raid for Philippe Coutinho has stalled.
Sources close to Messi and his Barca team-mates have revealed the players are unhappy about the club’s transfer activity, the sale of star Neymar and the nature of the threadbare squad at Ernesto Valverde’s disposal following the Super Cup double-leg thrashing at the hands of Real Madrid.
On Monday, Messi was once again linked with Manchester City but it is widely expected he will conclude contract negotiations after returning from international duty with Argentina in September.