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EUROPE: The On-Off Saga of Neymar to Barca ....

The story with more twists and turns than a cheap garden hose!

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Could we yet see Neymar, smiling, in PSG colours again?
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It has emerged within the last half hour that PSG has again rejected Barcelona’s latest offer for Neymar after two days of intense negotiation reports Express Sport.

PSG say the Catalans are refusing to meet their demands, and that the players offered by Barcelona as part of a swap deal have no real interest in coming to play football in Paris.

But as always with such affairs there are conflicting stories.

One of those players, Ousmane Dembele’s agent is alleged to be in contact with the Parisien club despite publicly rejecting claims his client will be offloaded to the French champions.

Barcelona has proposed a deal for Neymar that involves Dembele and Ivan Rakitic heading to the Parc Des Princess, something agent Moussa Sissoko categorically denied.

“Ousmane stays at Barcelona, 100%. No chance he leaves. He wants to and will succeed at Barcelona,” he told TF1.

However, Spanish website Sport claim Sissoko has indeed opened conversations with PSG.

Meanwhile, speculation suggests PSG have three targets lined up should Neymar be sold.

Head Coach Thomas Tuchel has repeatedly appealed for new signings if the Brazilian forward leaves - and Le Parisien newspaper claim they have three in mind.

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi and Juventus’ Paulo Dybala are on PSG’s shortlist.

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Christian Eriksen, a potential target for PSG. But will he want to move there?
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Though should Ousmane Dembele and Ivan Rakitic join as part of an exchange deal, PSG are likely to drop their interest in Eriksen and Icardi, but continue to pursue Dybala.

For Eriksen’s part, he has made no secret of the fact he prefers to move to Real Madrid upon leaving Tottenham. The Dane may prefer remaining with the North London club to see out his contract leading to a lucrative move next season, rather than joining PSG and scuppering his chances of a potential move to the Spanish capital.