Barcelona told to make ‘every effort’ to reunite Neymar with Lionel Messi

Barcelona should make “every financial effort” to re-sign Neymar this summer and reunite him with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

That is the view of former Barca forward Rivaldo, who reckons the trio can spark their “devastating” partnership in attack once again.

Neymar left the Nou Camp for Paris Saint-Germain for a world record £198m fee in 2017 but is being linked with a sensational return.

The Brazilian tried to engineer a move back last summer but both clubs were unable to reach an agreement despite Barca’s best efforts.

In his first spell with the Catalans the forward formed part of a feared front three alongside Messi and Suarez that helped the team win the treble in 2015.

And Rivaldo reckons the Spanish champions should be doing all they can to reunite them once more.

“I’ve been saying for a while that I believe in Neymar,” he told Betfair. “Perhaps leaving Barcelona was a mistake for the Brazilian but, if there's any chance of getting him back for less than the 222m euros Barca paid for him, the club should seize the opportunity.

“He would be a great signing for Barca as they would be getting someone who knows the club and who has the personality to make the difference in games.

“He wouldn't be daunted by sharing the pitch with Lionel Messi and the Argentinian would enjoy having him back on the team.

“Rumours say that Barcelona are considering trying to sign the young Argentinian attacker Lautaro Martínez from Inter, but I think that the 22-year-old needs to keep developing and gaining experience.

“Barcelona should focus on bringing Neymar back, to reunite him with Messi and Luis Suarez in the devastating attack they had in the past.

“They should make every financial effort to get Neymar because it seems PSG are now more open to realistic offers. They should do everything necessary to sign a player who's already proved his value and wouldn't be a risky signing.”

It could cost Barcelona close to what they sold Neymar for to bring him back and this could prove to be a stumbling block.

The Catalans paid £108m for Antoine Griezmann last summer but that move has not full paid off as yet and he could be sold.

They could also try and stump up the cash by selling flops Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele who cost the club close to £250m combined.

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