The 26-year old had an injury-hit first season with the French champions, but before he sustained a foot injury that kept him out of the latter half of PSG’s 2017-18 campaign he didn’t quite enjoy Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani‘s company.
And according to what AS claim, Neymar considers the Barca star as a ‘winner’ and hence wants PSG to try and go for him.
Barcelona though have Suarez in their plans for the upcoming season, and wouldn’t consider selling him as of yet, let alone selling him to PSG, and strengthening their Champions League ambitions.
The Spanish giants could not secure Antoine Griezmann’s services from Atletico Madrid and are anyway looking for a winger to play alonsgside Suarez and Lionel Messi.
Neymar meanwhile, has been targeted by Real Madrid, and his relationship with the Ligue 1 side could be put to the test in such circumstances.
Tite’s mood during the press conference prior to the game against Serbia, changed drastically after he was asked about Capello’s remarks to Italian television.
“Capello, this is for you, from coach to coach, it was a penalty, OK, it was a penalty. That’s all,” Tite said.
Capello was dissatisfied with Neymar’s performance in Brazil’s 2-0 win against Costa Rica, when the referee had given a penalty but had to overturn his decision after consulting VAR – that showed there wasn’t much contact.
“For me he’s a diver,” Capello had said.
“He throws himself easily to the ground but he is a great player, he is also a champion.
“He has more genius than (Cristiano) Ronaldo but less power, even if in these games he did not show (his) change of pace, dribbling and his imagination.”
Neymar has earned the reputation of going to the ground easily over the past few months and in light of his theatrics a bar in Rio de Janeiro has planned to offer patrons free shots every time he falls over in the match against Serbia.
“At each Neymar fall, it’s a round of shots on the house!” the Sir Walter Pub in northern Rio posted on its Facebook page.
However, the PSG superstar can easily claim that he leads the table at the World Cup for being fouled most number of times – 10 in the first game against Switzerland and four against Costa Rica.
Meanwhile, Tite’s team will need a draw against Serbia at the Spartak Stadium to qualify for the knock-out stages of the tournament.
Brazil coach Tite has insisted he would never risk the health of star man Neymar after selecting him in his team to face Costa Rica on Friday.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker, who missed three months of football earlier this year with a fractured metatarsal, set alarm bells ringing when he limped out of training with an ankle problem on Tuesday.
However, Tite has named him in an unchanged side for his side’s second Group E fixture and is adamant he would not have done so if it were a gamble.
Asked if Neymar would be playing if it were not the World Cup finals, he told a press conference: “Yes, yes. It’s not a sacrifice. It’s an evolutionary process, you just speed up the steps. Yes, he would be playing. It’s not a sacrifice.
“We want to win, it’s a World Cup, but the coach is not going to risk a player’s health by being dishonest to him. That’s a price that’s too high to pay.
“Those values of health and honesty, no way, there’s no compromise.”
Tite also played down suggestions that he had pulled Neymar to one side in the wake of Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland to implore him to be more of a team player rather than an individual.
He said: “Absolutely not. The information you got is not true, it’s not true. It didn’t happen.
“All the players have the responsibility of playing for the collective and also being individuals, some with some specific characteristics.
“Neymar, I’m not going to take away from him this initiative in the last third of the pitch. He’s a genius. You have my word, this is not true.
“We all have to work as a team, but we have to respect the characteristics. In the last third of the pitch, you have to create possibilities for the finish. I’m not going to take that away from anybody.”
Meanwhile, defender Thiago Silva will captain Brazil in Friday’s game with Marcelo having worn the armband against the Swiss.